Say yes to Yunnan

There’s a telling line in the 2015 International Coffee Organization (ICO) report on China that says: “It is estimated that China now produces more coffee than Kenya and Tanzania combined, and consumes more than Australia.”

While it may seem that Chinese coffee has suddenly burst into the market, it is actually been brewing for over a century. It’s a story that began in 1892 with a French missionary planting a young coffee seedling in the Yunnan province. The plant thrived with small amounts of coffee grown in the region until 1988 when a joint venture between Nestlé and the Chinese government kick-started commercial production.   Read more

Jack Allisey of Veneziano Coffee climbs to the top

Jack Allisey has done what no other Australian has done before – place second at the World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC). 

Before the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships in 2017, Australia didn’t have a national roasting competition, or a representative at the WCRC, which has been running since 2013.  Read more

2017 Australian Brewers Cup Champion Sam Corra goes beyond the brew

Australia is a strong brewing country. Demand for filter coffee is high, and so is the standard served in cafés across the country and at competition level. Our roasters are commended for the quality of filter roasts through various competitions and increasingly, customers are interested in understanding what specialty brews are, as well as making and drinking them. As such, there’s no reason Australia can’t be considered among the top tier of coffee brewing nations.  Read more

MICE2018: Stop. Look. Listen. Enjoy

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is undoubtedly the first big event on the coffee calendar for the year.

Just as we get over Christmas, New Year, and the back-to-work honeymoon phase, the largest dedicated coffee event in the southern hemisphere hits us from all angles.  Read more

Natalia Piotrowska’s gift to Poland

Birthday presents are a chance to spoil loved ones with thoughtful gifts – movie tickets, dinner, or jewellery are popular choices. But for Polish barista Natalia Piotrowska, any birthday present from her boyfriend Konrad Kwiatkowski since 2013 has been coffee related. This includes a second hand Gaggia machine and Mazzer Luigi grinder, but perhaps the most generous gift Natalia has given herself is a Victoria Arduino Black Eagle machine. Read more

Cofinet: the coffee hunters

Carlos Arcila is a farmer first and a businessman second. As a child, he recalls riding horses with his grandfather through the fields of coffee trees in Armenia, Colombia and stopping to taste the different cherries on the farm.

“From a young age I learnt how to distinguish different types of coffee varietals based on their leaf size and shapes. We’d pick a ripe cherry off the tree, pop it into our mouths, and spit out the seed,” Carlos says.  Read more

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