Judges revealed for Coffee Masters NYC

Allegra Events have announced the judges participating in Coffee Masters New York City 2016.

The line-up of international judges includes John Letoto of Greenway Coffee and Blacksmith in the United States, Anne Lunell of Koppi Roasters in Sweden, Dan Streetman of Irving Farm Coffee Roasters in NYC, David Donde of Truth Coffee Roasting in South Africa, and Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood of Colonna and Small’s in the United Kingdom. Read more

Budget 2016-17: small business tax threshold lifts to $10 million

As part of the Government’s Ten Year Enterprise Tax Plan, announced in last night’s 2016-17 Budget, the small business entity turnover threshold will be increased from $2 million to $10 million from 1 July 2016.

From this date, businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million will receive a 1 per cent tax cut to 27.5 per cent. The $10 million threshold will be gradually increased each year so that all companies face a 27.5 per cent tax rate by 2023-24. Read more

Darren Purchese’s top tips to hosting the perfect morning tea

Dessert master Darren Purchase of Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio has five key ingredients to hosting the perfect morning tea.

1. Rally friends, family or work colleagues together

2. Serve delicious coffee, or tea

3. Display tasty food items that create a talking point. Consider baking something with texture and colour.

4. Create a fun environment to chat or network

5. Raise funds for an amazing cause, such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Read more

RASV to host inaugural Australian Food Awards

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has announced a new opportunity for Australian food producers with the launch of the Australian Food Awards.

Announced on 19 April, the Australian Food Awards will celebrate excellence and recognise the best producers of fine food in Australia. Read more

Jura Australia to support Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea

Jura Australia has announced its partnership of Cancer Council and its iconic charity event – Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Jura Australia’s George Liakatos says the idea to align with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was inspired by the company’s shared goals of bringing people together and raising funds for worthy causes.  Read more

Veneziano Coffee Roasters WA now operating

Veneziano Coffee Roasters have launched a Western Australia distribution team for the first time.

Maan Tawachi, State Sales Manager and Brian Ibrahim, State Finance Manager will lead the new WA distributor team. Maan and Brian collectively have worked in the coffee industry for 10 years, and used the Veneziano brand for the past 10 years at their own cafés. Read more

Coffee Masters New York City returns

If you think you have what it takes to become a Coffee Master, then now is your time to shine.

Applications are now open for the 2016 New York City Coffee Masters.

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

Planet Ark finds new ways to use spent coffee grounds

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation has discovered new ways to control coffee waste.

The not-for-profit Australian organisation conduced a six-month feasibility study into commercial viability of recycling spent (used) coffee grounds produced by cafés and coffee shops within the City of Sydney. Read more

Kokako celebrates 15th birthday

New Zealand’s Kokako Organic Coffee will celebrate its 15th birthday on 15 April.

To thank its customers for being part of the 15-year journey, Kokako is hosting a birthday bash at its Grey Lynn roastery on Friday between 8am – 1pm. Read more

St Ali welcomes chef Andy Hearnden to the family

Head Chef Andy Hearnden has taken up residency at St Ali’s South Melbourne café.

Prior to taking his position at St Ali, Andy worked at a number of Melbourne restaurant institutions, including Entrecôte in Melbourne’s CBD and Gill’s Diner. He also completed a six-year stint in England working across London’s trendiest areas such as Shoreditch and Notting Hill. The New Zealand native however, has now firmly planted his roots in Melbourne with the St Ali Family. Read more

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