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Golden Bean News

How to win a Golden Bean – Tips

Posted April 7, 2016 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Compak Golden Bean North America: Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, Oregon USA 14- 17 September 2016 The Compak Golden Bean Australia: Ridges, Port Macquarie 16-19 November 2016 The Compak Golden Bean has become an annual highlight in Australia for more than a decade, and expanded to North America in 2015 with Portland hosting its […]

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Why do you keep coming back?

Posted February 4, 2016 by Cafe Culture Mag

At the 2015 Compak Golden Bean we asked a few attendees what the competition and conference means to them and why they keep returning year after year. Check out what they have to say at the video below!  Thanks to all who volunteered their thoughts!

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Compak Golden Bean 2016 Dates Announced

Posted December 17, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Golden Bean North America: 14-17 SEPT 2016 CASTAWAY, PORTLAND, OREGON Signup to the newsletter for more information and updates Australia: 16-19 NOV 2016 RYDGES, PORT MACQUARIE, NSW Signup to the newsletter for more information and updates

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Join IWCA at origin

Posted December 17, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S COFFEE ALLIANCE Update: by Christine Cottrell As interest in the IWCA gains momentum quite a bit has happened since the last update 3 months ago. Certainly, there is a lot of enthusiastic girls across the country gathering to make plans and get ideas into action and some wonderful support from generous companies helping […]

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Empowering women to improve lives

Posted December 16, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Legal and cultural practices in many coffee growing regions around the world restrict women from the economic opportunities that would generate significant improvements for their families, their businesses and their communities. The empowerment of these women with these opportunities to make social and economic change must engage both men and women in understanding the value […]

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In the Compak Hopper

Posted December 16, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

At the 10th Anniversary of the Compak Golden Bean The Compak Golden Bean 2015 culminated with a lavish gala night of awards at the James Bond 007 dinner, trackside at the Newcastle Jockey Club. Forget the jeans and black t-shirts often associated with the coffee industry as guests donned their finest gowns and jewels to […]

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Roastress Coops

Posted December 16, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Anne Cooper is a country girl who has roasted up a great career as a Master Roastress. She has established herself over 23 years in the industry, from barista to cafe owner, to competitor, trainer, roaster, judge and consultant, including a raft of accreditations to back up that experience. Recently she formalised her credentials into […]

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Los Angeles roasters take out inaugural titles

Posted December 16, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

THE COMPAK GOLDEN BEAN NORTH AMERICA A well known and respected North American Coffee Roaster, Mike Perry from Klatch Coffee Inc. took to the stage in Portland OR at the awards night to accept the honor of being the first ever Compak Golden Bean Champion in this prestigious industry competition. Mike won the competition by […]

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Newcastle has been shaken, not stirred

Posted November 17, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

#getroasted The Compak Golden Bean 2015 culminated with an amazing gala night of awards at the James Bond 007 dinner, Newcastle Jockey Club on Saturday night. Forget the jeans and black t-shirts often associated with the coffee industry as guests donned their finest gowns and jewels to celebrate with the winners of the 10th Compak […]

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And the winner is…

Posted November 14, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

CONGRATULATIONS Uncle Joe’s Coffee House for blend Purple Haze who took out the Overall Champion Compak Golden Bean award for 2015 Well done to all roasters who entered the competition. Full wrap up coming soon.   For a full list of winners, please download the results pdf from the button below.

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Bond theme ideas

Posted October 30, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

This year’s awards night is themed: Bond, James Bond. So think of anything from any one of the 26 movies made since 1962, black tie is optional if you want to look your best, or if all else fails red, black & white can be the extent of your theme.   Are you a black […]

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Competition Entries Close Tuesday

Posted October 30, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Entries are now due It’s time to pack the coffee bags and pop them in the post or on a courier. Entries must be received by Tuesday 03 November – yep that’s right, Melbourne Cup Day Three days of professional development So now that you’ve entered your coffee it’s time to sign up to help […]

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Champions Testimonials

Posted October 30, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

2010 Champion, Mahalia Coffee “The Golden Bean competition is an integral part of my development and helps keep my desire strong in the pursuit of finding that perfect profile and favour outcome as a roaster. To have my coffee appraised, and judged by my industry folk is a truly humbling and rewarding experience. The event is just seamless, […]

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Offer List – Origin Traders

Posted October 22, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

 Golden Bean 2015 Green Bean Zone Origin Traders will have the following beans available: Sidamo Chire Grade 1 Natural Kenya AB Kenya Kagumo AA Microlot Mexico Oaxaca SHG India Baba Budangiri Hills MNEB   Green Bean Zone at Bombora Open Day Saturday 14th November 9am – Midday Bombora warehouse:  6/132 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown (Newcastle) More […]

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Offer List – FTA Specialty Coffee

Posted October 15, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

 Golden Bean 2015 Green Bean Zone FTA Specialty Coffee will have the following beans available: Brazil Fine Cup – Fancy Mogiana Eagle Costa Rica Tarrazu SHB EP – Cerro Azul Ethiopia Yirgacheffe G1 Natural – Dumerso Station Ethiopia Limmu G2 – Debelo Washing Station Guatemala Antigua SHB EP Natural – Finca San Sebastian ‘Microlot’   […]

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Offer List – Bean Green

Posted October 15, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

 Golden Bean 2015 Green Bean Zone Bean Green will have the following beans available: Kenya Wamuguma AA Kenya Maua AB Kenya Asali AA Ethiopia Sidamo Mormora Guatemala Santa Felisa Indonesia Wahana Estate     Green Bean Zone at Bombora Open Day Saturday 14th November 9am – Midday Bombora warehouse:  6/132 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown (Newcastle) […]

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Bean, Head Bean

Posted October 15, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Compak Golden Bean 2015 Newcastle Jockey Club 11-14 November This year’s Golden Bean will be hosted in Newcastle, the port city of the Hunter Valley. Newcastle is a vibrant coastal city with direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. We chose this location because of the accessibility for our delegates either by air or an […]

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Offer List – Crop to Cup

Posted October 14, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Golden Bean 2015 Green Bean Zone Crop to Cup will have the following beans available: Brazil Guaxupe – Natural Peru Certified organic Amazonas – Washed Colombia Belalcazar Supremo – Washed Kenya Kisumu AB – Washed Nicaragua Jinotega – Washed Guatemala La Sabana (microlot) – Full Washed Colombia Hacienda la Canada( microlot) – Full Washed   […]

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Spotlight on Newcastle

Posted October 9, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Newcastle to host 2015 Compak Golden Bean Roasters Competition and Conference Why Newcastle? Newcastle is a destination with a diversity of attractions, accessible with direct flights from major cities and just over an hour’s drive north of Sydney. Outside of the Golden Bean event, there is a burgeoning café scene to explore, supported by many […]

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Speaker Sessions

Speaker Sessions

Posted October 8, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Speaker: Mark Beattie Director, Coffee Roasters Australia Topic: Deconstructing the Roast Curve Speaker: Dean Slade Director, Compak Australia Topic: Compak Grinding Technology Speaker: David Parnham Research Director, Café Culture International Topic: Golden Bean 4th Annual Roaster Survey Results Speaker: Paul O’Brien National Business Manager, Equipment, Rancilio Topic: Temperature Profiling Speaker: David King Technical Sales Manager […]

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Speaker Profile – Mark Beattie

Posted October 8, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Coffee Roasters Australia TOPIC: Deconstructing the Roast Curve Mark has a degree in business and marketing, followed by 9 years’ experience with Nestle in various divisions in both Sydney and Melbourne. In his role at Nestle he primarily dealt with Woolworths and Metcash in a variety of national sales roles.   Mark, along with his […]

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Golden Bean snags “the sexiest bag on the market”

Posted September 17, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

We are pleased announce that Coffee Bags Pty Ltd have come on board this year as an event sponsor and very soon you’ll be receiving the competition bags to pack your entries. Peter & Carolyn from Coffee Bags Pty Ltd recognise the importance of protecting your coffee entries, and know how important it is that […]

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Super Cupping

Posted September 4, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

SUPER! Cupping in the Garage  24 | 9 | 15 This is a new initiative by the team at Cafe Culture International to assist roasters to efficiently cup and source new coffees. This exciting event will include 8 leading green bean coffee wholesalers and over 50 coffees. In addition, this event will also include a […]

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Anne Cooper – HEAD JUDGE

Posted August 21, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Master Roastress, Anne Cooper, will once again take on the specialist role of Head Judge at this year’s Compak Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competition and Conference.With over 23 years working in the Coffee Industry, Anne has gained experience in many areas of the industry – as Barista, Café Owner/Manager, National Trainer & Assessor, to Head […]

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Golden Bean North America Officially Launched!

Posted July 6, 2015 by Cafe Culture Mag

Communication has now been sent out to over 1000 North American roasting businesses. We have had great feedback to date, receiving many questions about the event. It has been very encouraging to see so much interest in this competition, gaining early recognition from the local industry. The Portland Team have secured a great venue for […]

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Cafetto Hall of Fame

2014 Hall of Fame – The Genovese Family

Posted December 14, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Celebrating a family tradition of excellence If you live in Melbourne, the brand Genovese is certainly no stranger. It’s synonymous with great quality espresso and a deep family commitment to excellence and tradition. This year, the Cafetto Hall of Fame recipient was an obvious choice – not as an individual award, but an acknowledgment of […]

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Winners 2014

Espresso Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Think Tank Coffee PERCI N2 (Ninety Plus Gesha Estates – Panama) Think Tank Coffee came about as a natural progression of Craig Simon’s interest in all things coffee. His years of experience in roasting, cupping, knowledge of processing methods, developing close bonds with producers and not least of all, being a successful part of the […]

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Winners 2014

Milk Based Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Uncle Joe’s Coffee – by mark leo of 3rd crack coffee brokerage Purple Haze Uncompromising commitment to quality – this is the core ideology behind 3rd Crack Coffee Brokerage. Quality, that resonates in every cup of Uncle Joe’s Coffee. We are the flavour explorers; we are your translators to the magic that is coffee – […]

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Australian Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Eureka Coffee & Growers Espresso Eureka Coffee Premium Espresso Blend Mark Ryan established Eureka Coffee with his wife, Samantha (Sam) Edmonds, in 2000 – several years following the establishment of Sam’s parents’ coffee plantation in northern NSW. The couple initially focused on 100% Australian grown coffee under their Eureka Coffee label, which continues today; however, […]

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Winners 2014

Organic Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Melba Coffee No. 6 Led by two cousins bearing the same name of Johnny Frangoulis, Melba Coffee has been the quiet achiever, unassumingly mastering great blends and making coffee for over a decade now. Based in Dandenong, their factory freshly roasts and distributes unique and specialty blends to some of Melbourne’s most popular cafés. They […]

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Winners 2014

Pressed Filter (Espro Press) Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Proud Mary Finca Santa Teresa Estribi Gesha Proud Mary has been working directly with farmers since its inception in 2009. Often the best way of finding unique coffee is by developing great relationships with farmers and working with them year after year. Finca Santa Teresa is one of the first farms we ever went to […]

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Winners 2014

Pour Over Filter (Chemex) Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Proud Mary Panama Bambito Estate Gesha Proud Mary was founded in 2009, first as a café and now as a roaster as well. Owner Nolan Hirte and green buyer Lucy Ward source all the coffee direct from origin, with an aim to find captivating, high-grade coffees. These special coffees are our way of putting the […]

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Winners 2014

Decaf Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Streat Organic Decaf Tastes Good. Does Good. STREAT’s Gold Medal winning organic Peruvian decaf, seasonal Social Blend espresso (Silver ’13, Bronze ’14) and specialty single origin roasts are known in Melbourne for their quality and consistency. Their now three Golden Bean medals are just reward for good work. And good work it is, because every […]

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Winners 2014

Single Origin Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Mocopan Coffee Ethiopian Djimmah Since 1954, Mocopan has been in the business of roasting and serving great coffee. We’ve carefully crafted a range of blends to suit the discerning palates of Australian coffee drinkers and have even been awarded a Gold Medal in the Milk Category of the 2008 Golden Bean for our Pasquale blend. […]

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Winners 2014

Franchise/Chain Espresso Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Aroma Café Aroma Café Seasonal Blend We are really proud to win the chain store espresso category for the second year in a row. Our focus has always been on trying to create a better blend year after year, and this award has only helped to confirm that we’re on the right track. Aroma Café […]

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Franchise/Chain Milk Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Caffissimo Cafina Since firing up the roaster some 12 years ago, Caffissimo has developed into a 40+ chain of premium cafés, with our own in house distribution and roasting arm. Our philosophy has been to grow the beverage side of the business, with sites tending to be under 100 sqm and coffee accounting  for about […]

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Winners 2014

Home Roaster Espresso Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Richard Davies Mr Orange I began home roasting in July 2013 and managed to score Silver and Bronze Medals in last year’s Golden Bean competition. Improving the result this year by coming away with Gold for my espresso is a fantastic feeling. The coffee is from Santa Rosa 1900 in the mountainous Tarrazu region of […]

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Home Roaster Milk Winner

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Stephen Long House Blend I began home roasting in February 2012 after doing some reading online (Coffeesnobs), which piqued my interest. I started out with a popcorn popper but quickly moved to using a heat gun bowl in bowl method. I also bought an Aeropress and porlex mini to brew my roasts. Furthering my research, […]

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Overall Franchise/Chain Winner – Muffin Break

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Muffin Break is, and always has been, prided on a commitment to quality and freshness. We began as a bakery-café back in 1989, baking fresh, wholesome products on-site while serving customers our premium coffee blend. It’s a brand that is intrinsically wholesome and authentic, with real ingredients used in our products that are freshly made […]

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Overall Winner – Uncle Joe’s Coffee

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

by Mark Leo of 3rd Crack Coffee Brokerage What began as simple curiosity over a gold medal winning coffee turned into an all consuming quest to unlock the mysteries of the bean. For me, my coffee journey began in late 2008, when I walked into a franchise chain coffee store. Prior to this I had […]

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Testimonials

Richard Bewick – Bonissimo Coffee

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Although Bonissimo is based in WA we have attended just about every Golden Bean event since it’s inception. We have seen the event go from strength to strength, each year bringing in overseas and local speakers covering important and current issues. We are always impressed with the level of dedication and passion we experience within […]

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Testimonials

Nari Blackett – Vitasoy

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Thanks so much for putting on such a great event last week. Katherine and I both got a lot out of it, learnt a lot and made some great contacts. It was a really fantastic event so thanks to you and all the Café Culture staff. I’m glad we were a part of it and […]

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Simon Au-Yeung – Foodco Group Pty Ltd

Posted December 8, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Hope you all have recovered from the amazing Compak Golden Bean. I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to be part of the engine room. It was definitely a great experience to be involved with this coffee experience. The opportunity to work with passionate baristas and hard core coffee drinkers made me […]

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General Interest

SAB – Sky’s the Limit Competition

Posted October 24, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

South American Bean would like to thank everyone who helped in raising $750 dollars for the Sony Foundation’s You Can program at the Compak Golden Bean Awards night. The appropriately themed Aviator – Top Gun night saw the Sky’s the Limit competition complete with Balsa wood aeroplane pilots testing out their flying skills. The aim […]

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Promote your award winning coffee

Posted October 15, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Congratulations on your results at the 2014 Compak Golden Bean Roasters Competition. To assist you in promoting your achievements to your customers, we are offering: • Online Directory Listings • Magazine advertising within the Golden Bean section of Cafe Culture Mag Issue #38 • Golden Bean medal stickers (package stickers and window decals) • Golden […]

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the 2014 Compak Golden Bean TOP GUN is…

Posted October 11, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

After four days of tamping, grinding, pouring, judging, cupping, learning, networking, drinking, eating, sunning, bowling, mingling and occasionally sleeping, the nation has concluded that the 2014 OVERALL CHAMPION of the Compak Golden Bean Roasters Competition is: 3rd Crack Coffee Brokerage! Congratulations to 3rd Crack Coffee Brokerage and to all of our medal winners and competitors. […]

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Introduction to Cupping

Posted October 3, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Andrew Hetzel will be running three courses at The Golden Bean Roasters Competition and Conference (maximum 24 spaces per course) Introduction to Cupping Saturday 11 October – 11am to 3pm Participants will learn the process of cupping following protocols set by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, including standards for water, coffee roasting and the […]

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Awards Night – Aviation Theme

Posted October 3, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Last year’s Awards night was so much fun that we have decided on another dress up, themed event. This year’s theme is Aviator. The Awards night on Saturday 11 October will be at a Hanger at the Port Macquarie airport. We’d like you all to get in theme and wear your best aviator gear. Although […]

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Sky’s The Limit Competition

Posted October 3, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

Fundraising 4 Cass Attention Roasters: In keeping with this years aviation theme, South American Bean will be bringing with them a glider competition with top prizes to be won at the Golden Bean Awards Presentation Night. Along with all of the energy and personality that the SAB team bring to our events in spades, they […]

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Want a great deal on Compak Grinders?

Posted October 3, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Compak Golden Bean grinders used at the event will be up for sale at a discounted price! For a great deal, see Dean or Emma Slade from Compak during the event for more information.  Or call Dean on 0437 802 266. Check out the link below for more information on these great grinders.   […]

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