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Open for business: Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters

In late March, cafés and the coffee industry were turned upside down. Within a few days, the industry had to adjust the way it operated in order to keep running. Many cafés had to close their doors while others had to change overnight. Toby’s Estate’s focus was to support its café partners in whatever way possible.
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Open for business: Veneziano Coffee Roasters

COVID-19 has tested Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ ability to innovate, pivot, and act fast to meet the needs of the market, and ensure it has a successful business in the long term. Its number one priority is to protect the wellbeing of its people, ensure it can continue to serve its customers, and have a sustainable business on the other side of this pandemic.
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Riverina Fresh Home Barista Challenge

Win a Linea Mini in Riverina Fresh Home Barista Challenge

Riverina Fresh has launched the Home Barista Challenge to see how people have been enjoying their coffee at home during isolation. All entries go in the running to win a La Marzocco Linea Mini or one of two Mahlkonig Grinders, courtesy of La Marzocco and AMC Roastery Supply respectfully.
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Reusable cups and coronavirus

While many cafés across Australia have been holding off serving coffee in reusable cups for fear of spreading coronavirus, state and territory health departments advise this may be unnecessary.
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ASCA on setting a plan for COVID-19

ASCA President Kieran Westlake shares steps to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on cafés and small businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic is on course to be the most destructive economic issue since the Global Financial Crisis, due to its unprecedented nature and scale of the outbreak. This is especially true for individuals and families living week to week, as well as businesses that are reliant on face-to-face customer transactions, like cafés.
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SmartMeals

SmartMeals provides meals to the homeless while saving hospo jobs

CafeSmart organiser Streetsmart Australia has provided more than 5400 meals to vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic through its SmartMeals program. StreetSmart Australia says charity meals programs are shut across the country. With gatherings restricted and older volunteers protecting their health, food security for vulnerable Australians is an emerging challenge. At the same time restaurants and cafés are closing or reducing hours. This is making people with limited resources vulnerable to poverty, hunger, and homelessness.
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Maker Coffee South Yarra

Maker Coffee opens in South Yarra

Melbourne-based roaster Maker Coffee has opened a new location in the Como Centre of South Yarra, Victoria. While COVID-19 restrictions have put much pressure on the coffee and hospitality industries, Maker says it won’t let the pandemic stand in its way. Maker South Yarra will be open for takeaway, for the time being.
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Supply and demand uncertainty balance out in April coffee prices

According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) April 2020 Coffee Market Report, concerns over supply chain disruptions are being weighed against uncertainty over future demand in the unprecedented situation of COVID-19. Because of this, the ICO composite indicator only decreased by 0.1 per cent to 108.91 US cents per pound in April.
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Coffee Machine Technologies

Coffee Machine Technologies prepares for recovery

Coffee Machine Technologies (CMT) Founder John Colangeli tells BeanScene the business has no intention of slowing down due to COVID-19. “We’re here for the long haul. Over the last 16 or 17 years, we’ve developed a good reputation and want to hang around a lot longer, servicing the industry as best we can,” John says.
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