SoCo Roasters talks to BeanScene about connecting with origin, developing a unique blend, and building a community around coffee.
At less than a century old, Zambia’s coffee producing industry is one of the youngest in the world. With its first coffee trees planted in the 1940s, local farmers are happy to share with visitors the folklore of how coffee was introduced to the country. Read more
ClickPOS has launched a new tablet application designed to simplify café operations and put valuable information in the hands of those who need it.
It’s been said that knowledge is power, and in the world of point of sale (POS) software, a new iOS application from ClickPOS offers just that. The ClickPOS app acts as a gateway to connect a café’s stored information to a centralised database, where product information, sales, and purchases are accessible at baristas’ and café owners’ fingertips.Read more
Übermilk from Barista Group streamlines a café’s workflow by reducing waste and improving quality and consistency.
When designing a café, workflow should be as big a consideration as the aesthetics. This is why both factors were taken into consideration when German manufacturer Übermilk was developing its signature milk foaming system. Read more
BeanScene finds out why MICE2020 is going to be the most exciting one yet and why top industry players are returning.
Melbourne’s coffee culture resinates deep within its laneways, where baristas can be seen serving coffee from an old shopfront, pop-up caravan, or a hole-in-the-wall covered in graffiti with milk crates out the front. It’s these unique characteristics that will be on display when the coffee world comes to Melbourne for the 2020 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE). Read more
Fairtrade is working closely with coffee farmers to help protect future production volumes and combat extreme weather and changing seasonal patterns resulting from climate change.
The price of coffee is volatile, and can fluctuate wildly year to year. Unpredictable weather conditions and susceptibility to disease also present significant challenges to growers.
As a result, independent non-profit organisation Fairtrade says many of the small-scale farmers who supply 80 per cent of total coffee volumes experience reduced yields and are at risk of producing low-quality crops. Due to systemic inequality in coffee trade structures, many also lack the financial and technical capacity to adapt to or mitigate these damaging effects. Read more
Project Origin is working with coffee farmers in Nicaragua to promote social sustainability by asking producers “what can we do to help?”
Sasa Sestic, Founder of green bean trader Project Origin, has been working closely on a farm called El Árbol in, Dipilto, Nicaragua with co-owners Tim Willems and Claudia Lovo for more than three years to improve its coffee and the livelihood of the farming community.
The 31st Specialty Coffee Expo was a celebration of all things new, shiny and unique. BeanScene relives the show highlights as more than 14,000 guests attended the industry’s annual family reunion.
Boston may be the most populous city of the Massachusetts state, but on the week of 9 April it could be argued it also hosted the most international guests. One only had to look at Airbnb and hotel booking websites to learn the city was brimming with visitors. Not only was the US city hosting the Boston Marathon that week, one of the world’s most iconic annual races, but the Specialty Coffee Expo, North America’s biggest coffee event and one of the most prominent fixtures on the global coffee calendar, was being held there too.Read more
Former World Latte Art Champion Jack Hanna reflects on his journey through the coffee industry and what comes next.
Jack Hanna has left his mark on the Australian – and world – coffee industry, from winning the third World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) in 2007 to opening Australia’s “most Instagrammed” café, The Grounds of Alexandria, in 2012. Now, for the first time since leaving high school, Jack is stepping away from hospitality to focus on his family and follow new passions. Read more
Huskee has established HuskeeSwap, a reusable cup system where cafés and consumers don’t have to compromise on efficiency or aesthetics.
For coffee cup manufacturer Huskee, sustainability is a principle that extends beyond single-use plastic waste to how a café can prosper long term.
“We believe sustainability is multi-dimensional. It’s more than just a product. It needs to be addressed across the ecosystem of takeaway coffee as a whole, which includes cafés operating in a way that doesn’t cost them in efficiencies or profitability,” General Manager Nicole Barnes says.Read more