Paul Bassett

Paul Bassett: The trailblazer

Australia’s first World Barista Champion Paul Bassett reflects on his career in coffee, pursuit of flavour, and the global growth of specialty coffee.

Paul Bassett is the only person alive who can boast having a World Barista Championship (WBC) title, television series, and Asian coffee chain to his name. Read more

tilly sproule

Tilly Sproule’s triumph

From the producer who makes it to the customer who drinks it, the relationships behind coffee are why Tilly Sproule loves the industry.

Despite five consecutive wins at the Northern Region Barista Championship, Tilly Sproule says the growing Queensland coffee scene has kept her on her toes. Read more

Fairtrade

Fairtrade bridges the gap

Fairtrade ANZ is working with farmers in Papua New Guinea to improve coffee quality and create a sustainable future for the industry.

Coffee is Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) second largest export behind palm oil. The coffee industry employs approximately three million people and will play a major role in the developing country’s economic future. Read more

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Road to recovery: The coffee industry’s role in bushfire relief

After Australia’s catastrophic bushfire season, small businesses, the coffee community, and the government are banding together to rebuild.

New Year’s Eve is the biggest widespread annual celebration of the year, but for many Australians the build-up to 31 December 2019 will be remembered in a different light. Read more

Southland Merchants

Southland Merchants tales

Southland Merchants is making a difference for Brazilian farmers through its green bean trading policy by supporting an economically sustainable supply chain.

In 2009, Andre Selga and Nadia Moreira were running successful grocery and exporting businesses in their native Brazil. The pair had built a strong professional network and were exporting goods to Europe, the United States, and Africa. Read more

Accademia Del Caffè Espresso

La Marzocco opens Accademia Del Caffè Espresso

Paris has the Louvre, New York has the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, and now Florence has Accademia Del Caffè Espresso, a place dedicated to building a sustainable future for espresso coffee. 

Standing in the entrance to Accademia Del Caffè Espresso, visitors to the centre for espresso excellence could liken the establishment to the Peggy Guggenheim museum with its crisp white interior and artistic displays. But Accademia is not a display of 20th-century European and American art. It’s a symbol of the coffee industry’s past, present, and future. Read more

project origin ethiopia

Project Origin supports producers in Ethiopia

Through community projects, investments, and experimentation, Project Origin offers stability to producers and quality to roasters.

Visiting the town of Masina in Ethiopia, Project Origin General Manager Habib Maarbani was struck by how few options the people had for drinking water.  Read more

jibbi little

Jibbi Little visits Vietnam

Champion of the 2019 Milklab Barista Battle Series Jibbi Little recounts her discoveries about coffee production and culture in South-East Asia.

Vietnam is famous as the world’s largest producer of Robusta coffee. However, when Jibbi Little visited the country in December 2019, she experienced a completely different part of the nation’s industry. Read more

Johnny Di Francesco

Here’s Johnny Di Francesco

Chef Johnny Di Francesco has taken the craft of pizza-making to the masses on land and sea, and hopefully one day, the sky. The pizza master speaks with BeanScene about becoming a world champion and the strength of Neapolitan coffee. Read more

Back to Back

With the 2020 Australian International Coffee Awards on the horizon, Danes Specialty Coffee reflects on its 2018 and 2019 Champion Australian Roaster titles and how it stays ahead of the curve.

There is an old adage, “getting to the top is hard, staying there is even harder”. Devising ways to continually improve and build on achievements can be an immense challenge for any individual or business, especially those in highly competitive industries such as coffee. Read more