Sacred Grounds

Thirty Second Bean Company acquires Marrickville roaster

Thirty Second Bean Company, the holding company for Campos Coffee, has announced its acquisition of Marrickville-based organic coffee roaster Sacred Grounds. Following the acquisition, Ben Matthews will lead Sacred Grounds as its new General Manager, previously holding the role of General Manager Sales at Campos Coffee.
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Batch Espresso

Batch Espresso

With two successful venues in the Sydney CBD and more than 15 years’ experience under his belt, Batch Espresso Owner David Smith and wife Nok wanted to try something new when they opened their third location. “We’ve got much more of a specialty coffee focus at the new Clarence Street café, with a lot of varietals and single origins on the menu,” David says. “Our York Street venue has a nice 20-seat dining area and full kitchen, and Pitt Street – my first location – is by a train station and busy five-way intersection, so it serves a lot of takeaway coffees.
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Campos Coffee Will Young

The ones that sparkle: the key to the longevity of specialty coffee

Dubbed the Academy Awards of coffee, the Cup of Excellence celebrates the world’s best coffees. Campos Coffee Founder Will Young explains why the competition is key to the longevity of specialty coffee. Getting your hands on a Cup of Excellence (COE)-winning coffee takes patience and commitment. The real fun for Australian buyers starts in the early hours of the morning when international online auctions commence, but the game’s not over until a final bid is made, the countdown clock expires, and the hammer falls. “The longest auction I’ve ever experienced was early 14 hours for a COE coffee,” says Will Young, Campos Coffee Founder and Chairman of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE), the association that runs the COE competitions and auctions. 
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2020 Australian Coffee Roasting Championship

Takumi Sakamoto of Deluca Coffee wins 2019 Australian Coffee Roasting Championship

Takumi Sakamoto of Deluca Coffee has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2019 Australian Coffee Roasting Championship, held at Criteria Coffee in Port Melbourne, Victoria from 29 to 31 May. Pat Connolly of Genovese Coffee placed second and Daniel Shadbolt of Veneziano Coffee Roasters placed third in the competition. “I’ve been roasting for six or seven years and never entered any competitions. I kind of wanted to prove something, that I can do good. I just can’t believe I won,” Takumi tells BeanScene.
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The Sensory

The Sensory

When Sydney barista Peter Jeon moved to Emerald in Queensland, he brought a love of specialty coffee with him, and wanted to share it with the local community. Peter opened The Sensory in November 2018, his second café in Emerald following the success of his first, Shelfield Coffee Brewers.  “Emerald is a mining town and many of the people moved here from big cities, so enough people wanted good coffee,” Peter says. “I thought a specialty coffee shop might work here, and opening my own café was a dream. I knew if I opened my own coffee shop, Campos Coffee would be my first choice.”
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Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Campos Coffee to bring Mokhtar Alkhanshali to Australia

Campos Coffee will welcome Yemeni coffee producer Mokhtar Alkhanshali to Australia for the first Campos Experience Evening Series of 2019. Mokhtar will share the challenges of Yemeni coffee production, how he is helping improve the country’s coffee quality, and how he brought it to the rest of the world to enjoy. His efforts were the subject of Dave Egger’s novel The Monk of Mokha.
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Chalet Co

Chalet & Co

Just south of Noosa is Sunrise Beach, a town Connie Pai calls a hidden gem. “Sunrise is one of the quieter beaches if you want to escape from all the tourism in Noosa. You’ve got more locals here,”
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Campos Long Island

Campos Long Island

After more than a year of development, Campos launched its new flagship café, Campos Long Island, in August. The 500-square-metre venue has three different sections, all with unique characteristics. Through these, Campos Long Island provides different atmospheres and settings within the one venue, which appeal to a variety of customers looking for different dining experiences.
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Aussies buy up big at record breaking Best of Panama auction

Australian buyers have secured nine of the 39 coffee lots on offer at the Best of Panama (BoP) auction on 19 July. “The two best Geisha Washed coffees are coming to Australia,” Coffee Treasures CEO Gavin Gam says. Gavin won a share of the top-ranked Elida Estate Geisha Green Tip Washed from producer Wilford Lamastus for his new green bean sourcing company, and on behalf of roaster D’Angelo Coffee. Kew Specialty Coffee also won a stake in this top palced BoP coffee, which scored 94.66 points in the international judging and was sold for US$661.00 per pound (about $886.33 per pound). Coffee Treasures secured four other top BoP coffees, including the record breaking Elida Estate’s Geisha Green Tip Natural, which received the highest bid of a green coffee sold at auction at US$803 per pound (about $1088 per pound).
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