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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Overall Winner: Coffeesnobs

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Golden Bean is awarded to one coffee roaster each year. The awards process for this accolade consists of Australian coffee roasters submitting coffees in both Espresso and Milk Based categories. The total of the scores for each category are then added together to find the winner. This is Andy’s story. From our humble beginnings […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Franchise Winner: Nashi

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

On the verge of opening their 10th store in Melbourne’s CBD and with a string of awards under its belt, Nashi has demonstrated a winning formula when it comes to providing healthy food on the run. The strategically located stores target busy office workers who desire something quick yet nutritious to satisfy their hunger, with […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Milk Based (Latte) Winner: Proud Mary

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Proud Mary is more than just a café. We’re a team that approaches each day with excitement, passion and the motivation to make each experience unique. When we started the business in 2009, we opened with the intention to make coffee better and be creative in our delivery. We see a huge opportunity to make […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Espresso (Short Black) Winner: Veneziano Coffee

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Bond Street by Veneziano Coffee Roasters, the winner of the 2012 Golden Bean espresso category, was named after the street that’s home to its roastery, First Pour café, training premises and equipment showroom, in Melbourne’s inner city suburb of Abbotsford. Veneziano Coffee Roasters developed and launched their seasonal blend, Bond Street, a little over two […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Organic Winner: Barossa Coffee Roasters

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Roasting small batch single origin coffee in the vines is all part of the weekly flow for Barossa Coffee Roasters. A creation of husband and wife duo, Paul and Janelle Amos, the common love of freshly roasted coffee beans has seen the boutique brand become a local institution in a region with food and wine […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Single Origin Winner: Ducale Coffee

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Winning the Single Origin category for the second time in three years (silver in between) reinforces to us the importance of our motto: “We take coffee seriously not ourselves”; learn it, know it, live it. We love poking fun at ourselves and the industry in our advertising, but being able to find an origin and […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Winner Decaffeinated: Dimattina Coffee

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Gone are the days where baristas would shudder at the word “Decaffeinated” in the same sentence as flat white or latte. In the quest for excellence under such a growing request, Dimattina Coffee has struck gold. The best place to start is with the highly talented and humble Lino Bettiol, Master Roaster for over 30 years. […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Winner Decaffeinated: Pioneer Coffee

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Kate Clarke and Jo Bennett couldn’t imagine a better start to their new partnership at Pioneer Coffee Roastery than winning a gold medal at the recent 2012/13 Golden Bean awards. Having only been in business together for two months at the time of posting their entry, they are excited about what the future holds. Nestled […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Chain Store Franchise Espresso Winner: Three Beans

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Three Beans is the baby of two brothers, Matt and James Howe. The first three beans opening was a 10 sqm hole in the wall at Chatswood Chase 5 years ago. Now there are 16 cafés operating across Sydney, with two more opening before the end of the year in Roseberry Street, Balgowlah and St […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Coffee Snobs Home Roaster (Espresso) Winner: Habib Maarbani

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Being in the coffee industry for over a decade, I’ve found it’s the constant development and new knowledge that drives me. I originally stepped into competition because I found myself getting bored just being behind a machine in my café all the time doing the same thing. My first competition experience, over 5 years ago, […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Coffee Snobs Home Roaster (Milk Based) Winner: Zed Freeman

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Hi Zed, aren’t you a little young to be roasting coffee? I just turned 11 but I’ve been around coffee most of my life. I know what good coffee beans look like but I’m not allowed to drink anything but decaf yet. What made you enter a roasting competition? When I heard that there was […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Syphon Winner: Coffex Coffee

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

As the research and development manager for Coffex Coffee, I have over 12 years’ experience in the coffee industry, at least half of that time spent roasting. I look after quality control and blend development, green bean sourcing and grading, as well as our recently developed single origin and specialty offerings. I work closely with […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Chain Store Franchise Milk Based Winner: Michel’s

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Baristas and coffee roasters around Australia gathered for the 7th annual Golden Bean Roasting Competition on the Sunshine Coast, where the food brand giant Retail Food Group (RFG) was awarded for its expertise in coffee roasting and crema talent. Blends from RFG’s Michel’s Patisserie and Donut King Brands battled for the finest brew against a […]

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Golden Bean 2012 Winners

Australian Grown and Filter Winner: La Savoir

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Australian: La Savoir is a new brand that I created in March 2012, so I could also sell a range of blends and single origins from around the world to cafés throughout Australia. I did this, as I felt that it was morally wrong to sell international coffees under my long time established brand Nat’s […]

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