Industry profiles International
Bar 9 specialty coffee and St Vincent de Paul Society have joined forces to establish a new social enterprise café – with a difference.
“I was looking for a way to expand upon Bar 9’s mission statement of ‘enabling life’s best work through to the community’ when an opportunity to work with St Vincent de Paul opened up,” Bar 9 Founder Ian Callahan says. “Bar 9 has supported the organisation through various events such as the Vinnies CEO Sleep Out, but this time we have a chance to make a permanent difference for some of the community’s less fortunate.” Read more
The United Kingdom is getting ready to welcome its sixth edition of The London Coffee Festival.
Taking place from 7 – 10 April at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, as many as 35,000 people are expected to join this year’s coffee celebrations. Read more
Australia’s reign as World Latte Art Champion is over.
Um Paul of South Korea won the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) on 1 April, ending Caleb Cha’s reign as the world’s best latte artist.
Qi Li from China placed second, Minako Yoshizumi from Japan placed third, Dhang Tamang of the United Kingdom placed fourth, Agnieszka Rojewska of Poland placed fifth, and Sensory Lab’s Ben Morrow placed sixth in the WLAC finals. Read more
When Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim made a dash to London to attend the World Interiors Design Awards in late 2015, she boarded the plane “quietly confident” that the design of Melbourne’s The Kettle Black had a good chance of taking home an international accolade.
“The project had just been named Best Café Design at the Eat Drink Design Awards in Melbourne, and I just had this feeling it would be a long trip worthwhile – and it was,” Hana says. “Winning Best Restaurant Design – in the world – absolutely blew my mind. I’m still smiling from ear to ear.” Read more
As people were sitting down to lunch on Monday 25 January, 1999, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck 20 kilometres from Armenia, one of Colombia’s largest cities.
The quake and aftershocks that followed flattened more than half the city and several nearby towns. The effects were felt in several municipalities, with the most severely hit being the Quindio department – the heart of Colombia’s coffee region. Read more
Single Origin Roasters has launched a new training and education facility in South Brisbane.
The new facility, dubbed ’The O Post’, officially opened on 21 March. It is the coffee roaster’s first flagship venue into Queensland, with three other café operations in New South Wales, including Surry Hills, Sydney CBD, and Roast Works in Botany. Read more
One of the world’s most celebrated chefs, Heston Blumenthal, has returned to Melbourne to launch his new TV series Inside Heston’s World.
On 7 March BeanScene attended the premier launch at the now-Dinner by Heston Blumenthal restaurant at Crown Casino. Read more
Seeing the same smiling faces in a café daily is something that keeps customers coming back day after day for their morning brew.
In the last edition of BeanScene I wrote about how to find the right people through a strong recruitment and training process. This time I will be exploring how to ensure your staff continue enjoy their job, and therefore hopefully stay with your business for longer. Read more
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
World Barista Champion (WBC) Sasa Sestic has unveiled a new auction program for El Salvador and Honduras.
Named The Best of Project Origin, Sasa has created the auctions to help develop coffee growing communities and advance quality coffee globally. Read more