Dressed to impress: making café design memorable

Australia is known for its coffee quality, but our café design is equally idolised around the world. We explore what it takes to be memorable, and whether money really talks. Some of Australia’s most impressive café experiences are not because they serve the latest Cup of Excellence-winning coffee, or Instagram-worthy smashed avos and smoothie bowls, but because of their impressive design. In Melbourne, there’s Brother Baba Budan with its iconic chairs stuck to the ceiling, Au79 with no expense spared on the gold trimmings, St Ali with its casual industrial look, Higher Ground’s massive hotel-like attraction in an ex-power station, and in Sydney the Grounds of Alexandria revolutionised what a café space could be, complete with flower market, roastery, and wedding reception. Jacqui Senior, Senior Associate and Hospitality Sector Leader at Woods Bagot in Sydney, knows what it takes to stand out from the crowd. She was involved in Campos Coffee’s award-winning Barangaroo site in Sydney and says in this instance, it was the location that inspired the café’s now-iconic jewelry box shape.
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Twumba Coffee wins returning Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Twumba Coffee has placed first in the 2018 Cup of Excellence (COE) in Rwanda, with a score of 90.53. Mayogi women’s cooperative from the northern province of Rwanda was the runner up, scoring 90.06. Neither of the top two washing stations had previously entered the competition.
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Coffee Washing Station Rubagabaga wins Burundi Cup of Excellence

The Burundi Cup of Excellence (COE) international jury has awarded seven Presidential Awards to coffees scoring 90 points, the most scored in COE history. The Presidential-awarded lots, will be sold as two split lots during the auction on 2 October.  Greenco-owned Coffee Washing Station Rubagabaga won first place with a score of 91.43 for a coffee from the Kayanza region. Coffee Washing Station Munkaze Coffee, owned by Buja Coffee, placed second with 91.14 points.   Washing stations from all over Burundi submitted 331 coffee samples, which narrowed down to 29 coffees from five different provinces for the judging on 2 August in Bujumbura.  The judging panel represented markets from United States, South Korea, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Norway, Russia, Australia and Burundi.  
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ACE changes México COE auction date

The 2018 México Cup of Excellence (COE) auction has been postponed due to delayed shipping of some sample sets too close to the original auction date. To give all bidders a fair chance, the Alliance for Coffee Excellence has updated the auction to the following dates:
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COE Guatemala continues despite volcano eruption

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) commenced its 14th edition of the Cup of Excellence (COE) in Guatemala City on 4 June despite the Fuego volcano eruption. When the volcano erupted on 3 June, villages and coffee farms were affected, however Anacafé and ACE took the decision to complete the final stage of the COE competition, which started months before and is the culmination of hard work from farmers and all organisations involved.  
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Finca Don Cayito wins Cup of Excellence Costa Rica

Luis Ricardo Calderon Madrigal entered one sample in the 2018 Cup of Excellence (COE) Costa Rica and has placed first with 91.29-points for a Honey processed Gesha from Finca Don Cayito. During the awards ceremony, Luis was filled with appreciation thanking his family and the close community around him. 
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Fabio Antonio Caballero Martinez wins 15th Honduras Cup of Excellence

Producer Fabio Antonio Caballero Martinez has the 2018 Honduras Cup of Excellence with an international score of 93.43.  The fully washed Gesha variety from Fabio’s San Francisco farm in Marcala was the highest score for both the international jury as well as the national jury.   Fabio explained that he had personally monitored the harvesting and was very hands-on in the processing phase.
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First-time competitor wins Mexican Cup of Excellence

A first-time competitor won first place in the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) sixth edition of the Cup of Excellence (COE) in Mexico City on 18 May. Jose Renteria Larios ranked first with a 90.70-point coffee from Finca Peña Blanca in Jalisco, with a natural processed coffee with a blend of Sarchimor, Marsellesa and Caturra. 
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Campos Coffee Founder Will Young to Head Judge Best of Panama

Campos Coffee Founder Will Young will Head Judge this year’s Best of Panama competition. Ric Rhineheart, Head of the Specialty Coffee Association, has been the Head Judge of Best of Panama for all but a couple of the events since its inception in 1996, but unfortunately could not attend this year.
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El Salvador coffees impress Cup of Excellence judges

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) commenced its 15th edition of the Cup of Excellence (COE) in San Salvador, El Salvador on 9 April. First time competitor Margarita Lucia Diaz De Lopez represents the Lopez family and ranked first-place with 91.8-point coffee from Finca El Manzano (La Cumbre), and also second-place with 91.6-point coffee from Finca El Manzano.
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