SCAE members vote for unification with SCAA

Members of the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) have endorsed moves to unify their organisation with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) in a vote held as part of the long running process examining the prospect of unification of the two organisations.

Members of the SCAA will now have the opportunity to express their views on the process in a vote that will be held over the Northern summer. Read more

Melbourne Tea Festival to take place 29 May

Tea lovers are invited to converge at the Melbourne Tea Festival on Sunday 29 May.

The annual event is an interactive experience designed to help people discover and experience specialty tea, encourage and grow passion for tea through education, and showcase quality specialty tea providers. Read more

MFC Roasters to exhibit at Good Food & Wine Show

MFC Roasters will have a presence at the Good Food & Wine Show from 3 – 5 June at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

MFC will feature a brew bar near the show’s Artisan Square, with three coffees available for the public to try. They include the Organic Roast, with it’s dark chocolate and soft berry flavours; the Capital Roast with milk chocolate, toffee and honeycomb-type flavours; and Seasonal Blend No.1, which MFC’s Justin Mellors says he is “particularly pleased with” this year. This blend features a combination of caramel praline and chocolate notes. Read more

Hey You appoints new CEO

Hey You, the order-ahead app, has appointed Shaun Cornelius as the company’s new CEO.

Shaun is the Founder of Choosi, and more recently former OurDeal.com.au CEO. This shift in position coincides with Hey You receiving a further $2 million in funding from existing investors Reinventure and Exto Partners where Shaun will lead the company in its next growth phase. Read more

Proud Mary to open in United States

Proud Mary Owner Nolan Hirte has announced he is opening Proud Mary’s in Portland, Oregon in the United States – and he’s moving the family there too.

The Proud Mary Founder says one of the reasons for opening Proud Mary in Portland is because of Melbourne’s saturated café market. Read more

Research experiment finds cleanliness more important than service

New research has found tidy dining areas and fresh bathrooms are more important than service to guests.

The research initiative, carried out on behalf of hygiene brand Tork, involved a survey of 3000 restaurant guests and a unique eye-tracking experiment, devised to learn how a restaurant is perceived through the eyes of a guest. Read more

Maria Paoli launches Australian Women in Coffee Association

Maria Paoli, host of Melbourne’s café tours, launched the Australian Women in Coffee Association on 11 May at Axil Coffee Roasters.

The new entity will serve as a networking group that recognises the contributions of women to the Australian coffee industry, and supports their continued growth. Read more

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