Summer blitz

Australians love their coffee, but when it’s warm enough for your seatbelt to give you a blister, it’s not surprising that coffee sales can start to slump. Unless you’re lucky enough to own a café at the beach, the warm weather can make things difficult for café owners who rely so heavily on coffee sales to make a living. Read more

Life after waste

Julian Mitchell and Ryan Creed live and breathe the proverb “waste not, want not”.

Earlier this year the former health professionals turned waste entrepreneurs started Life Cykel, a business dedicated to reducing coffee waste by using it to grow mushrooms. Read more

Grinders Coffee wins Melbourne Design Awards silver medal

Grinders Coffee has won a silver medal in the 2016 Melbourne Design Awards for its revised Lygon Street flagship store.

The Melbourne Design Awards program provides marketplace recognition across an extensive range of categories and celebrates the creativity and courage of those who are leading the way. Read more

RASV announces Australian Food Awards judging panel

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has announced its line up of expert judges for the 2016 Australian Food Awards (AFA).

The AFA is Australia’s leading national fine food awards program that celebrates and recognises excellence in Australian premium food producers and produce. Read more

Foodco crowns Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue barista champions

Following an intense two-day event, Foodco Group has crowned Muffin Break Penrith and Jamaica Blue Warringah Mall the winners of its tenth annual barista competition.

Held at Foodco’s Centre of Retail Excellence in Sydney from 22 – 23 June, two finalists from each state of Australia were selected to compete in the annual event, out of 340 baristas across Muffin Break bakery cafés, and 166 from Jamaica Blue cafés. Read more

Campos Coffee reopens flagship café in Melbourne

Campos Coffee has unveiled its redesigned flagship café in Carlton, Victoria – and its unrecognisable.

“Every five years or so we like to renovate each of our stores so we remain current,” Campos Coffee President Will Young says. Read more

Join CaféSmart 2016 to impact local communities

CaféSmart is calling on Australia’s coffee community to unite on 5 August and help combat homelessness.

On this day, CaféSmart participating cafés will donate $1 of every coffee sold to fund a range of projects designed to tackle homelessness. Already 110 cafés and 26 coffee roasters have registered for the CaféSmart 2016, but StreetSmart CEO Adam Robinson is keen to grow this number significantly before the big day. Read more

Alex Yurong Pan represents Australia in Tea Masters Cup International

Alex Yurong Pan is representing Australia in the Tea Masters Cup International in South Korea.

The 2016 competition, taking place from 9 to 10 June at the Tea World Festival in Seoul, celebrates tea preparation, tea pairing and tea tasting.

Alex won the Australia and New Zealand Tea Masters Cup on 15 May at Melbourne’s Meat Market building. Read more

Riverina Fresh farmers talk life on the land

Neil Jolliffe’s alarm clock goes off well before most baristas arrive at their café to fire up the coffee machine for the morning rush.

At 4.20am Neil is his own barista. He makes himself a coffee or “instant mud” as his wife Simone describes it, before hopping on his motorbike to round up 260 dairy cows for the morning milking. Staff arrive at 5am to assist and, on a good day, Neil’s back at home eating breakfast and enjoying his second coffee at 8am. Read more