Over the last few years, the value of barista competitions has been questioned. Online coffee personalities have criticised the competition for being outdated, unfair to those unable to source more exclusive coffees, and for not being a true representation of barista technique. Read more
The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is undoubtedly the first big event on the coffee calendar for the year.
Just as we get over Christmas, New Year, and the back-to-work honeymoon phase, the largest dedicated coffee event in the southern hemisphere hits us from all angles. Read more
Birthday presents are a chance to spoil loved ones with thoughtful gifts – movie tickets, dinner, or jewellery are popular choices. But for Polish barista Natalia Piotrowska, any birthday present from her boyfriend Konrad Kwiatkowski since 2013 has been coffee related. This includes a second hand Gaggia machine and Mazzer Luigi grinder, but perhaps the most generous gift Natalia has given herself is a Victoria Arduino Black Eagle machine. Read more
Carlos Arcila is a farmer first and a businessman second. As a child, he recalls riding horses with his grandfather through the fields of coffee trees in Armenia, Colombia and stopping to taste the different cherries on the farm.
“From a young age I learnt how to distinguish different types of coffee varietals based on their leaf size and shapes. We’d pick a ripe cherry off the tree, pop it into our mouths, and spit out the seed,” Carlos says. Read more
One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is to go exploring to find a café I haven’t visited before. While I like visiting specialty coffee cafés for my morning coffee fix, specialty is not my criteria, just good coffee and good service. Read more
There’s something special about childhood memories, the way they retrace forgotten parts of your upbringing and create feelings of nostalgia. For Hazel de los Reyes, memories of school holidays spent at her grandmother’s house in Batangas in the Philippines became the catalyst for a career she’s obsessed with. Read more
In specialty coffee shops around the country, menu boards mark top coffee prices anywhere between $6 to $16 per cup. To the uneducated coffee consumer, it’s ludicrous. To specialty coffee professionals, it’s not enough.
Campos Coffee Founder Will Young has always paid more than the average price for his specialty coffee purchases, and has reflected that quality in cup prices. But Will doesn’t want to be among the minority paying more and charging more for specialty coffee, he wants others to join in. Read more
For years, consumers have received takeaway coffees, assuming their order matches the same volume of liquid had they had time for a sit-down experience, but it doesn’t.
According to Veneziano’s Craig Simon, there has been no way for café owners to ensure consistency between dine-in and take away cups, with most disposable coffee cups larger than the volume advertised, resulting in a completely different taste experience for the customer. Read more
Just over 2 kilometres from Australian shores in Papua New Guinea lurks the most harmful plague known to coffee producers – Coffee Berry Borer (CBB).
The beetle, known for its speedy reproduction, burrows into and destroys coffee beans. The pest has devastated thousands of crops throughout the world, and there’s fears it could pose a threat to Australia’s $100 million coffee industry. Read more
Katherine Galatola of Jacob Douwe Egberts (JDE) had stared at Piazza D’Oro’s coffee packaging many times before. She’d held it, read the description, and appreciated its simplistic design, but had never really thought about the effort that went into the colours staring back at her. Read more