Campos Coffee reopens flagship café in Melbourne

Campos Coffee has unveiled its redesigned flagship café in Carlton, Victoria – and its unrecognisable.

“Every five years or so we like to renovate each of our stores so we remain current,” Campos Coffee President Will Young says. Read more

Honduras COE auction makes history with record-breaking bid

The 2016 Cup of Excellence (COE) Honduras auction has broken the record for the highest price ever recorded.

On June 16, winning COE farmer Marysabel Garcia Caballero from El Puente farm in Chinacla, La Paz, received the record-setting bid of US$120.50 (approximately AUD$160) per pound for her Geisha coffee.  Read more

Join CaféSmart 2016 to impact local communities

CaféSmart is calling on Australia’s coffee community to unite on 5 August and help combat homelessness.

On this day, CaféSmart participating cafés will donate $1 of every coffee sold to fund a range of projects designed to tackle homelessness. Already 110 cafés and 26 coffee roasters have registered for the CaféSmart 2016, but StreetSmart CEO Adam Robinson is keen to grow this number significantly before the big day. Read more

Applications for NYC Coffee Masters close 30 June

Time is running out to apply for The 2016 New York City Coffee Masters.

Applications to compete in the fast-paced, multi-disciplinary global barista tournament will close 30 June.

The competition will return to The New York Coffee Festival from 16 to 18 September at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, United States. Read more

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

Alex Yurong Pan represents Australia in Tea Masters Cup International

Alex Yurong Pan is representing Australia in the Tea Masters Cup International in South Korea.

The 2016 competition, taking place from 9 to 10 June at the Tea World Festival in Seoul, celebrates tea preparation, tea pairing and tea tasting.

Alex won the Australia and New Zealand Tea Masters Cup on 15 May at Melbourne’s Meat Market building. Read more

Riverina Fresh farmers talk life on the land

Neil Jolliffe’s alarm clock goes off well before most baristas arrive at their café to fire up the coffee machine for the morning rush.

At 4.20am Neil is his own barista. He makes himself a coffee or “instant mud” as his wife Simone describes it, before hopping on his motorbike to round up 260 dairy cows for the morning milking. Staff arrive at 5am to assist and, on a good day, Neil’s back at home eating breakfast and enjoying his second coffee at 8am. Read more

ASCA to host The Coffee Man screening in Melbourne 14 June

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Barista Guild will host a screening of The Coffee Man on 14 June, starring Ona Coffee’s Sasa Sestic.

From 5pm the coffee community is invited to attend The Craft and Co on Smith Street in Collingwood, Victoria and participate in a cupping of Ona Coffees sampled from regions featured in the film, including Honduras, Colombia and Ethiopia. The screening of The Coffee Man will follow the cupping. Read more

Gekko to attempt Guinness World Record

Ballarat mining company, Gekko Systems, will attempt the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest cup of tea.

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Gekko Systems will attempt the Guinness World Record at 3.30 pm on Friday 3 June. Read more

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