Frosty Boy celebrates 40 years

Beverage base manufacturer Frosty Boy Australia is celebrating its 40th anniversary, with increased determination for international growth.

The Australian company specialises in producing a high quality range of powdered base products including soft serve, frozen yoghurt and beverage bases for cafes, convenience stores and quick service restaurants.  Read more

Grinders Coffee achieves Australian first

Grinders Coffee has become the first Australian company to implement a new electronic colour sorting technology specifically for roasted coffee.

Sourced from Advanced Sorting Machines (ASM), a company of Sesotec in Bologna, Italy, the Vision 400-volt digital electronic colour sorting machine will work in conjunction with Grinders Coffee’s existing quality management processes to ensure that only perfectly roasted whole beans make it into each bag of Grinders Coffee beans. Read more

Espresso Mechanics hosts national technical training

Espresso Mechanics has welcomed 30 of its specialist technicians from across the country to partake in the company’s annual technical training workshop at its North Melbourne head office.

Nuova Simonelli Technical Manager Marco Piccinini from Italy, Ugo Albanese of Eureka from Italy, and HGZ Rex Royal Australasian Sales Manager Benjamin Chang and HGZ Technical Manager Christoph Tibol from Switzerland made the journey to educate Espresso Mechanics staff on the company’s newest technological developments. 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

Bar 9 to open Outreach charity café

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

South Korea wins World Latte Art, Greece wins World Coffee in Good Spirits

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

Style icons of the industry

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

Colombia’s new coffee scene

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 launches in Brisbane

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

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