Why café hot spots are driving property prices up

When real estate agents make their opening address on why a property is deserving of your hard earned dollars, they don’t just address the king-size kitchen, Olympic length pool and movie theatre, they mention the nearby coffee shops. 

According to Hockingstuart agent Daniel Atsis, café hot spots are driving property prices up and real estate agents aren’t afraid to use it as an attractive selling tool. 

“Buyers are looking for established suburbs that sell ‘lifestyle’ with all the trimmings, and sellers are using those lifestyle attractions such as cafés to add value to their properties,” Daniel says.  Read more

Veneziano Coffee Roasters on opening its new flagship café

Veneziano Coffee Roasters has opened the doors to its highly anticipated flagship café in Melbourne and invites the coffee community to become part of the specialty coffee experience.

It’s been four years since Veneziano Coffee Roasters closed the doors to its dedicated Bond Street Café in Melbourne. 

Since then, the brand has put its focus on growing and training its customers to embrace the Veneziano wings and flourish in their skills and businesses. Behind the scenes, however, the Melbourne-based roaster has been slowly progressing on the ultimate specialty coffee experience. Read more

Toby’s Estate on its time to shift

Toby’s Estate on why its time to challenge perceptions, alter mindsets and recalibrate our tastebuds.

Early this year, Toby’s Estate launched the first volume of Shift, a limited edition series all about challenging perceptions and changing coffee experiences.

It is not the quick and habitual coffee drinking experience you might be accustomed to. Shift involves tasting curated coffees roasted to engage, push, and stretch the senses and what you thought you knew about coffee. Read more

Square One Coffee Roasters thinks outside the box

Square One Coffee Roasters is committed to customer growth by delivering education that’s more visual than theoretical, and more personable than automated.

Square One Coffee Roaster’s Head Roaster Elika Rowell visits customers once a week – not just to ensure they’re upholding best coffee practices, but to create a common connection with baristas.

“We want to remove the idea that roasters sit on a pedestal, and only roast behind the scenes. We want to get out in front of our customers and be available to share our knowledge in a way that’s more direct and personable than a phone call or email,” Elika says. Read more

Home grown Milkadamia

Milkadamia is created for consumers who want to support a sustainable approach to farming and a naturally grown product born just outside of Byron Bay. 

When it comes to designing the perfect dairy-alternative product for Australia’s discerning tastebuds, there’s two boxes that customers appreciate: Australian owned and Australian grown.

With those elements covered, Milkadamia Owner Morgan Roy says its time to introduce Australians to the product that saw him once approached for TV show Shark Tank USA. Read more

Bodum on the importance of design and colour

Bodum has carved a reputation as being one of the industry’s greatest design influences. It discusses why product success is not just about style, but using sustainable products with strong functionality.

For the past 74 years, Bodum has developed a product range that is committed to craftsmanship and German architect Bauhaus’ famous ideology of “form followed by function”. Read more

Almond Breeze launches Baristas for baristas

Almond Breeze is committed to growing Australia’s highly-regarded barista profession with a new brand and invitation to support baristas at every stage of their career.

When Almond Breeze discovered that the barista profession is the 10th fastest growing profession in Australia, according to data from the 2016 Census, it knew it had to develop a platform to support and nurture the approximately 3100 baristas that join the hospitality ranks in Australia each year.  Read more

Dove Chen soars to great heights

With discipline and determination, Dove Chen made his dream a reality. He explains why competition is a learning curve and superstars exist in all facets of the industry.

Dove Chen was born to be a coffee lover despite growing up in a Chinese culture that praised tea over caffeinated beans. 

When Dove was just seven years old, he would steal his parent’s canned coffee when they weren’t home, and save all his pocket money to buy his own supply after school. Read more

Dressed to impress: making café design memorable

Australia is known for its coffee quality, but our café design is equally idolised around the world. We explore what it takes to be memorable, and whether money really talks.

Some of Australia’s most impressive café experiences are not because they serve the latest Cup of Excellence-winning coffee, or Instagram-worthy smashed avos and smoothie bowls, but because of their impressive design.

In Melbourne, there’s Brother Baba Budan with its iconic chairs stuck to the ceiling, Au79 with no expense spared on the gold trimmings, St Ali with its casual industrial look, Higher Ground’s massive hotel-like attraction in an ex-power station, and in Sydney the Grounds of Alexandria revolutionised what a café space could be, complete with flower market, roastery, and wedding reception.

Jacqui Senior, Senior Associate and Hospitality Sector Leader at Woods Bagot in Sydney, knows what it takes to stand out from the crowd. She was involved in Campos Coffee’s award-winning Barangaroo site in Sydney and says in this instance, it was the location that inspired the café’s now-iconic jewelry box shape. Read more

Can coffee really give you cancer?

On 7 May 2018, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled that cups of coffee sold in California will have to carry a label warning customers about the potential cancer-causing effects of their favourite morning beverage. 

The basis of the decision was that coffee companies such as Starbucks, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Kraft Foods Global, and JM Smucker failed to show sufficient evidence that there was no significant cancer risk posed by just one particular chemical in roasted coffee – acrylamide. Read more