Big construction impacts small cafés

Construction and roadworks are a part of the daily commute for many in urban and metro areas, but the constant works are causing some cafés to suffer. Ricca Coffee in South Australia has been affected by ongoing roadworks along West Thebarton Road for more than two years now. “The construction has limited access to parking and road space,” says Martyn Smith, Owner of Ricca Coffee.
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Merlo Coffee to open flagship roastery in Melbourne

Merlo Coffee has announced it will open a new flagship store and roastery to be launched in Melbourne later this year. “Though we supply cafés all over Victoria, we’ll set up our new Melbourne home in the inner city so that Merlo fans can drop in and see how it all happens,” says Chris Read, Merlo Coffee National Sales Manager. The Brisbane-based, independently owned coffee operation has set its sights on more than doubling its Melbourne roasting for the local wholesale and retail market.
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Hard Coffee Beach Café

In terms of location, there’s not much more you could want from Hard Coffee. The Noosa-based café is located just across the road from Noosa Heads Main Beach, and there’s a steady flow of surfers, locals, and tourists who pass by the idyllic spot for a surf or to stop at Shane Newton’s café for quality-produced coffee. “When I started here 11 years ago we were one of the only cafés serving specialty coffee and doing it well, but now the culture has become stronger and there’s a number of small roasters in Noosa and a greater push towards specialty coffee,” he says. “It’s good for the town to have options. It does make it more competitive, but it has also educated people to have a greater appreciation for specialty coffee.”
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Veneziano Coffee Roasters to open Melbourne café

Veneziano Coffee Roasters will open its new Melbourne café to the public on Monday 30 July. Located on River Street in Richmond, coffee lovers and enthusiasts will be treated to a brand-new 80 seat dining space within Veneziano’s headquarters, roastery and barista training studio all under the one roof. “Our new flagship store will push the boundaries of coffee and hospitality, as a testing ground for our new products,” Managing Director Craig Dickson says. “It presents the perfect opportunity to showcase the brand as an end-to-end specialty experience for coffee lovers and those keen to learn more.”
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Brisbane farewells Dandelion & Driftwood

Queensland institution Dandelion & Driftwood has closed its doors after eight years of service to the Brisbane community. Owners Peter and Penny Wolff believe it was time for their beloved Dandelion & Driftwood café to “pivot and change” and made their last coffee on 10 June. Penny says the heartfelt messages that poured in after the announcement of closure was a testament of the impact this little café had on the coffee community near and far.
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Melbourne to host National Good Food Guide Awards for first time

The Victorian capital is set to play host to the Australian food industry’s annual night of nights come October when the national Good Food Guide Awards travel to Melbourne for the first time. The Good Food Guide Awards annually announce and bestow awards and hats, symbolised by a chef’s toque, to the best Australian restaurants. Revealing the best restaurants, bars and chefs from across Australia, the national Good Food Guide Awards 2019 will take place at Crown Melbourne on 8 October, presented by partners Vittoria, Citi and Visit Victoria.
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Melbourne bids farewell to Pope Joan

One of Melbourne’s most beloved cafés, Pope Joan, has closed its doors on 24 June after eight years of trade. Its Brunswick East site, at 77-79 Nicholson Street in Melbourne, is slated to become a seven-storey apartment building.
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Eating Station

  Both qualified chefs, Brad and Kylie Delacey have spent decades in the hospitality game.  Joining the industry in their teenage years, it has become a lifelong passion. They opened Eating Station in May 2016 in the suburb of Ravenhall in Melbourne’s outer west. This is the couple’s fourth café in the area, and they have gained a loyal following, with many of their customers happily following them over to their latest business venture.
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Tyro’s untapped potential 

Tyro has taken the lead and launched Australia’s first Tap & Save least-cost routing debit payment system to help small to medium enterprises save. As Australians move closer towards a cashless society, small businesses are more likely to witness Australians wave a little plastic card, watch, or wristband around a small terminal to pay for their morning coffee or smashed avocado.
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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. 
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