Certification 101 with Service Sphere

When most people look to purchase a new coffee machine, they think about the pressure, the boiler capacity, output volume, design, and price, but what about safety? Selecting a machine with the right certification is critical if you want to keep your staff safe and products in peak condition.   Read more

Jack Allisey of Veneziano Coffee climbs to the top

Jack Allisey has done what no other Australian has done before – place second at the World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC). 

Before the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships in 2017, Australia didn’t have a national roasting competition, or a representative at the WCRC, which has been running since 2013.  Read more

Spoons at the ready: 2017 Australian Cup Tasters Champion Yama Jinwoo Kim shares his competition advice

If you’re someone who has an eye for detail, then cup tasting is for you. It’s one of the less hyped coffee competitions, but cupping is one of the most crucial skills for any green bean buyer, roaster, or barista to assess the characteristics of a coffee. It’s the way in which you strip a coffee to its bare bones and identify the complexities that lie beneath the crust. Read more

2017 Australian Brewers Cup Champion Sam Corra goes beyond the brew

Australia is a strong brewing country. Demand for filter coffee is high, and so is the standard served in cafés across the country and at competition level. Our roasters are commended for the quality of filter roasts through various competitions and increasingly, customers are interested in understanding what specialty brews are, as well as making and drinking them. As such, there’s no reason Australia can’t be considered among the top tier of coffee brewing nations.  Read more

MICE2018: Stop. Look. Listen. Enjoy

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

Natalia Piotrowska’s gift to Poland

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

Cofinet: the coffee hunters

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