Say yes to Yunnan

There’s a telling line in the 2015 International Coffee Organization (ICO) report on China that says: “It is estimated that China now produces more coffee than Kenya and Tanzania combined, and consumes more than Australia.”

While it may seem that Chinese coffee has suddenly burst into the market, it is actually been brewing for over a century. It’s a story that began in 1892 with a French missionary planting a young coffee seedling in the Yunnan province. The plant thrived with small amounts of coffee grown in the region until 1988 when a joint venture between Nestlé and the Chinese government kick-started commercial production.   Read more

Cool climate coffee

It may not seem it when you visit an Australian coffee farm in summer, but most coffee is grown in notably cooler conditions compared to the usual coffee lands in the hotter tropical zones. Read more

Iced drip vs Cold Brew

Cold drip, ice brew, iced drip, cold brew, kyoto drip, cold extract coffee, Japanese drip, the list goes on. With so many names for these two different brew methods, it’s no wonder there can be confusion about what the difference is, and most importantly, which do I want to drink now? Read more

Generous Guatemala

When I was making my first tentative foray into green coffee at Cofi-Com, one coffee in particular fascinated me: the musically sounding Guatemalan Huehuetenango. The name rolls off the tongue, tropical, sunny, and tuneful all in one. Give it a try. Hue-hue-tenango.

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ASCA heads to origin

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Barista Guild is planning a trip to origin – in Australia.

For the first time, the Guild is coordinating an origin trip from 2 – 4 September, and is seeking interested members.

“This is a great opportunity for baristas and the wider coffee community to explore origin in our own backyard, minus the overseas price tag,” Head of ASCA South Regional Barista Guild David Boudrie says. “The trip is a chance for people to get up close with coffee production, network with industry members, and get first-hand education about our country’s own coffee production.” Read more

Country of origin labels cleaned up

Consumer advocacy group Choice has welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s new country of origin food labelling scheme, along with funding for consumer regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), to make sure companies implement labels correctly.

“The Federal Government has taken a big step towards ending the confusion around country of origin labelling, especially for consumers who want to know how much of a product was manufactured or grown locally,” says Choice spokesperson Tom Godfrey. Read more

IWCA Australian Chapter to host Queensland origin trip

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Australian Chapter formation will host its second origin trip from 29 March to 2 April – this time to far North Queensland.

Women and men of the coffee community are invited to explore Queensland’s coffee growing regions and the people and communities that make it such a unique part of Australia’s coffee identity. Read more

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