Venice coffee

Venice cracks down on unseemly coffee behaviour

A cup of coffee has set two German backpackers back $1500 (€950) after they were fined on the steps of the famous Rialto bridge in Venice, Italy. The backpackers from Berlin, aged 32 and 35, were sitting comfortably at the foot of the Italian landmark about to make themselves a coffee using some portable equipment when a passer-by reported the pair to local police.
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Best new product coffee

Australian company among Best New Product winners at World of Coffee

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has awarded the Nexus One espresso machine by the Queensland-based Aremde Best New Product in the Commercial Coffee or Tea Preparation and Serving Equipment category. The SCA held its Best New Product and Design Lab Awards at the 2019 World of Coffee trade show, which took place in Berlin, Germany from 6 to 8 June.
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World of Coffee crowns new coffee champions

The World of Coffee trade show in Berlin, Germany saw new World Latte Art (WLAC), Coffee in Good Spirits (WCIGS), Cup Tasters, and Cezve/Ibrik Champions crowned on 8 June. Manuela Fensore of Barlady Café Academy in Italy won the 2019 WLAC. Hao-Yuan Chen of Taiwan placed second and Liu Guoqiang of Sanshierli Academy in China placed third.
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Lavazza Tierra

Lavazza to host sustainability conference and showcase ¡Tierra! at World of Coffee

On 7 June, Lavazza Chief Sustainability Officer Mario Cerutti will lead a conference focusing on the Italian roaster’s approach to sustainability with a deep dive on two out of the 24 ¡Tierra! projects, managed by Lavazza Foundation. “¡Tierra! is synonymous with projects focused on the improvement and development of coffee farming communities from an economic, social and environmental point of view, as well as a range of premium blends, containing coffee from communities involved in the sustainability projects and grown in Rainforest Alliance certified coffee farms,” Mario says.
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World of Coffee Berlin

Win a trip to World of Coffee Berlin

The Vitasoy #DoubleShotChallenge will see one lucky barista win return flights, five-nights accommodation, and a three-day pass to attend World of Coffee Berlin from 6 to 8 June. To enter the #DoubleShotChallenge, baristas must make two lattes, one using full-fat dairy milk and one with the new Vitasoy Café for Baristas Oat milk matching the latte art precisely.
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Probat built to last

When business partners Theodor von Gimborn, Alex van Gülpen and Johann Heinrich Lensing started out in 1868, they envisioned making commercial coffee roasters that would stand the test of time, consistently turning out high-quality coffee for customers of all sizes. Today, longevity and quality are characteristic not only of Probat machines, but also of the company’s relationships – both within the family business and its employee network, and externally among its partners and customers. During the past 150 years, the company based in Emmerich, Germany, has built an expansive product portfolio with 115 patents and loyal customer and employee bases spanning the globe. “We’ve been making coffee roasters ever since and continue to provide the coffee industry with enduring solutions that are in step with the times, but that also continue to function beyond that time,” Probat CEO Wim Abbing says. “Our machines are built to last, but they are built first and foremost to produce perfect coffee.”
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MICE2019 a ticket to the world

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is like the Australian Open of tournaments – it’s the first major event to kick-off the year, one of the most revered expos on the circuit, and arguably a crowd favourite by exhibitor and attendee standards. Event organisers are encouraging guests to plan their year wisely, starting with the Asia Pacific’s greatest coffee dedicated event, MICE 2019, from 7 to 9 February, before continuing onto the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston, United States from 11 to 14 April for the World Barista Championship (WBC), and World of Coffee in Berlin, Germany from 8 to 10 June. “Next year is going to be huge,” says MICE Show Director Simon Coburn. “MICE hosts what is already considered a world-class expo, but next year we want to be acknowledged as the first must-attend event on the global coffee calendar.” 
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Sydney council votes on reusable cup scheme

The Inner West Council of New South Wales has voted to support an investigation into a pilot reusable coffee cup scheme. The pilot, which is based on the successful model pioneered by the German city of Freiburg, aims to recruit cafés across a specific geographic area to participate in a scheme. Customers would drop off their empty cup at any participating café, which will clean and provide another for reuse.
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