Jody Leslie

Toby’s Estate appoints Jody Leslie as General Manager

Toby’s Estate General Manager Jody Leslie on her career in food service, diving head-first into specialty coffee, and preparing for long-term growth. In her short time as General Manager of Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters, Jody Leslie has already seen how the Australian coffee scene differs to the rest of the world. “Compared to the United States for instance, Australia has a larger focus on specialty coffee,” Jody tells BeanScene. “If I had a theory as to why, it would be around the age of our coffee industry. It matured around the same time as the rise of specialty coffee [globally].
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Vitasoy launches Café for Baristas Oat Milk

When it comes to dairy alternatives, Australian café customers can feel confident that when they ask for a dairy substitute at their local café, most of the time they will be presented with a plethora of options to satisfy their needs.  Vitasoy has been making dairy substitutes since 1940. First came soy milk, then almond, coconut, and rice milk, and now Vitasoy is excited to release its new Café for Baristas Oat Milk product and have customers adding the new dairy substitute to their shelves. 
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MICE2019 reports record attendance

The 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE2019) has concluded with the highest daily record attendance figures in the event’s eight-year history. Total attendance for MICE2019 across the three-day event from 7 to 9 February was 11,978, an increase over the previous record year in 2018.
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Energy Bar

The Energy Bar wins Judge’s Choice at 2019 Product Innovation Awards

BrewBar’s Energy Bar system has won Judge’s Choice in the Product Innovation Awards, held at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE). Energy Bar is a software managed system that regulates the output of electricity as required by a coffee machine. It allows electrical equipment with significant electricity requirements to operate from a 240v 10-amp supply. The unit can also be built to run some equipment for three to five hours with no additional power supply.

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MJ Kim

MJ Kim of Shamble Coffee Brewers wins 2019 Cup Tasters Championship

MJ Kim of Shamble Coffee Brewers in Melbourne has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2019 Australian TCX Cup Tasters Championship. Juwon Jung of Mikro Coffee Roasters in Victoria placed second, and Matthew Smithies of Five Senses Coffee in Western Australia placed third in the competition, held at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo from 7 to 9 February.
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La Marzocco

La Marzocco announces new KB90 espresso machine

La Marzocco has unveiled its latest espresso machine, the KB90, ahead of its first tradeshow appearance at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 7 to 9 February. The KB90 features a straight-in portafilter function which removes the need to twist the portafilter into place when the barista operates the machine. La Marzocco says this eases the motion of locking the portafilter into the grouphead, and significantly reduces the risk of wrist injury. 
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Rancilio Specialty RS1

Rancilio Specialty RS1 to launch at MICE

Rancilio has announced it will launch its Rancilio Specialty RS1 espresso machine to the Australian market at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on 7 February. “Australia is at the forefront of the world’s coffee scene in terms of quality and appreciation. Rancilio is proud to introduce its first machine catering to the specialty industry to such an innovative market,” says Paul O’Brien, Rancilio Area Manager – Australasia. “We’re excited the RS1 is here, and we’re ready to play in this space.”
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It’s showtime for MICE2019

It’s an awkward feeling when you haven’t been invited to the hottest ticket event of the year. Nobody likes missing out, and no-one likes being an after-thought invite. To avoid such disappointment, consider yourself personally invited to the biggest coffee dedicated event of the year – MICE, taking place from 7 to 9 February, 2019. Are you excited? You should be. This is a once-a-year opportunity to celebrate the Australian coffee industry, your industry.
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Product Innovation Awards

MICE2019 announces Product Innovation Awards finalists

There’s just one week to go until the coffee industry unites to celebrate all things coffee at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE). Australia’s largest dedicated coffee event, taking place from 7 to 9 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will shine a light on the country’s booming coffee industry, and highlight the best of what Australia has to offer the rest of the world.
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Parmalat Professional

Parmalat Professional to feature Chanho Hong’s coffee cocktails at MICE

Chanho Hong of Normcore Coffee Roasters will be on hand at the Parmalat Professional stand (#48) at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on 8 February to serve his podium finish-worthy coffee cocktails. Chanho’s Damn Good Cool Cat Irish coffee and his signature Damn Good Shot earned him third place at the 2018 Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Coffee in Good Spirits championship. Both cocktails use Normcore roasted coffee.
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