In the past year, café owners across the country have reassessed the environmental impacts of their processes and products. For many, this has involved buying organic coffee, or a change in paper cup manufacturer or the way leftover coffee grounds are collected. But what about the packaging materials used to sell wholesale bags of beans? Read more
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 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
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
Few would announce coffee roasting as a deliberate career move after finishing high school. Not even I would have ever considered it a possible moneymaker – graphic design and visual communication were on my list of likely career paths. Read more
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
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 Online coffee personalities have criticised the competition for being outdated, unfair to those unable to source more exclusive coffees, and for not being a true representation of barista technique.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