COVID-19 plan

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 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 demand April coffee prices

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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GIMA cancels 2020 event, looks at new ways to support producers’ children

Flavia and Gabriel Oliveira of Bom Jesus, Sao Lucas, and Labareda farms in Alta Mogiana, Brazil, have announced the cancellation of the 13th Intercity Games for the Environment (GIMA) event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GIMA aims to promote social and environmental responsibility and to create environmental awareness from early generations. Almost 1000 children attended its latest edition.
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Lithuanian capital outdoor café

Lithuanian capital to become giant outdoor café

Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, has announced its intentions to turn the city into one open-seating outdoor café. This is an attempt by the local government to help its cafés and restaurants which have been allowed to reopen as part of the country‘s gradual exit from coronavirus lockdown.
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industry beans takeaway brunch

Industry Beans reopens kitchens and takeaway brunch service

Coffee roaster Industry Beans has announced the reopening of its kitchens and takeaway brunch service at its flagship cafés. Industry Beans Fitzroy in Victoria, Sydney in New South Wales, and Newstead in Queensland will offer a curated takeaway brunch menu from today, including “some old favourites and some new built for home options too”.
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