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Calming the storm in a teacup

Posted August 3, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

A gift of the GABA GABA tea has been around since the 1980s but is only just starting to gain more traction with western tea drinkers for its health properties. Here’s an overview of what it is, by Adeline Teoh. Tea and fermentation are tricky things. Often confused with oxidation* (an enzyme-based chemical reaction involving […]

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Feed hungry kids—swap cereal for coffee

Posted August 2, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

One in five Australian kids go to school hungry. Our mission is to change this statistic—one nutritious breakfast at a time. Kids who start their school day hungry are likely to lose more than two hours of essential learning time. We partner with Brisbane cafés to support school kids directly with a simple solution: swap […]

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Muffin Break’s Commitment to the War on Waste

Posted August 2, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Muffin Break, a coffee and bakery franchise, has also made their commitment to reduce their impact in the environment. Kicking off this August, Muffin Break: Partners with Simply Cups to recycle 11 million cups Partners with Responsible Cafes, offering customers a 30c discount on their coffee when they come in with a keep cup Offers […]

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How Improved Efficiency Translates into Increased Profit for Your Café

Posted August 2, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

There is little doubt that in the current challenging economic climate, every dollar counts in the pursuit of business success. This is particularly the case in the hospitality sector. The money that small businesses such as cafes, bakeries and local fast food venues spend on advertising, promotion, management and process improvement must be carefully weighed […]

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Cafe Culture Digital Issue 6 – Now available

Posted August 1, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Latest news, trends, products and reviews – every month.       THIS MONTH FEATURES: – The Grounds discuss setting up your coffee for success – Puqpress pre-launch limited offer – Uniwell’s 10 reasons to upgrade to a touchscreen POS – What’s in season – Design trends – Get creative with Castaway Don’t forget to […]

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How to Create an Effective Customer Loyalty Program for your Café

Posted July 26, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Customer loyalty has long been the ‘holy grail’ of hospitality. The old saying is true – it really is easier to keep a customer than to find a new one. And for years, café operators have striven to unlock the potential of this basic concept by developing customer loyalty schemes of one variety or another. […]

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THE COFFEE CLUB FURTHER REWARDS COFFEE DRINKERS FOR TAKING A STAND AGAINST WASTE

Posted July 26, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Coffee Club has this week announced a nationwide franchisee commitment to offer a 50-cent discount on hot beverage purchases when customers bring their own re-usable cups into The Coffee Club. The discount, offered in all The Coffee Club stores across Australia, came into effect this week and has the potential to save Australia’s nation […]

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Milkadamia responds to FDA crackdown on ‘milk’ term for plant products

Posted July 26, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

‘Moo is Moot’ but macadamia milk producer prepared for crackdown Even the nut-based milk market is getting crowded with at least a handful of nut options available for consumers: almond — the nut market leader, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews and macadamias — Australia’s native nut. Morgan Roy from Jindilli Beverages said it would have little impact […]

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THE WTBC CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO FINE FOOD AUSTRALIA

Posted July 26, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

This will be the third year the WTBC (World Tea Brewers Championship) takes center stage at Fine food Australia, where the best tea-ristas will come together and compete over 2 days to vie for the 2018 Australian WTBC Championship. The winner will also represent Australia at the China WTBC being held at the largest food […]

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Almond Breeze Wants to Make You #Instafamous

Posted July 19, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Sydney, Australia, 19 July 2018: Almond Breeze, the world’s leading almond milk brand, is celebrating the mouth-watering creations made by its social media fans by featuring the tastiest in its new advertising campaign. A minimum of five every day consumers with an eye for the delicious, will see their Instagram creations included in Almond Breeze’s […]

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5 simple ways to protect your business from scammers this tax time

Posted July 19, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The end of the financial year isn’t just a busy time for businesses – it’s also a prime time for cybercriminals who try to steal your information and money. It’s a good time to stop and remind your employees of the increased risk and the simple steps you can reduce the risk to your business. […]

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Introductory Espresso Machine Technician Course – July 25-26

Posted July 16, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Do you have a handy team member in your coffee business that is repairing your espresso equipment but needs some assistance in understanding the technical side of being a coffee technician? This two-day course is designed for new comers to learn all the safety aspects on the job by a licensed electrician and a fully […]

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Golden Bean pioneering the competition space

Posted July 13, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

It was just over ten years ago that I had a vision as to how we could showcase the hidden heroes of the coffee world. The Coffee Roaster was the little gem working at the back end of the business, developing the product that made the face and profile of the coffee company. The barista […]

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KEVIN BACON’S RETIRING!

Posted July 6, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

It’s been a roller coaster and wonderful ride with Kev, who’s been a star of The Grounds for over 5 years now and we’d like to honour the big guy with 7 Weeks of Kevin – a celebration of all he’s given to The Grounds and his retirement to greener pastures. From being pig-napped in […]

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Coffee drinkers may live longer

Posted July 5, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

For people who love a morning cup of coffee, and a few more cups throughout the day, there is good news. Coffee drinkers may live longer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study looked at nearly 500,000 adults in the United Kingdom over the course […]

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Business Insights

New minimum wage takes effect

Posted July 5, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Fair Work Ombudsman is calling on businesses to check the new minimum pay rates that apply ahead of a new national minimum wage coming into effect from the first pay period on or after Sunday, 1 July 2018. From this date, the national minimum wage will increase to $719.20 per week, or $18.93 per […]

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Registering a business just got easier

Posted July 5, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Use the Business Registration Service to help you get your business up and running.     Are you looking at registering a business? The Business Registration Service makes it easy to apply for key business and tax registrations at the same time, in the same place. From registering a business name to applying for an […]

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Cafe Culture Digital Issue 5 – Now available

Posted July 3, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Latest news, trends, products and reviews – every month.       THIS MONTHS FEATURES: – The Grounds discuss the value of baristas – Mixing with the best – with Alchemy – Uniwell’s Sales Analysis – Reviews on Bellagio Brew Bar – ONA Coffee – and The Seller Door – Good snacks – Packaging design […]

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NEW APP GIVES FARMERS REAL-TIME GRAIN OF TRUTH

Posted June 28, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

For the first time, Australian farmers can forecast grain yield at the touch of a button, thanks to a new smart phone app developed by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. The innovation, known as ‘Graincast’, allows growers to estimate yields ranging from a single paddock, right up to their entire farm. “Having a yield forecast […]

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DINING A TOP PRIORITY FOR DOMESTIC TOURISTS

Posted June 27, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Data from the most recent National Visitor Survey (NVS) released today has shown an increase in domestic tourists’ overnight spend on restaurant and takeaway meals, both in terms of the dollar amount and as a proportion of overall expenditure. For the year ending March 2018 ,domestic tourists spent $10.6 billion on meals from restaurants and […]

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Don’t pay for government grant information

Posted June 27, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Watch out for government grant scams… Last updated: 27 June 2018 Are you looking for a government grant to help fund your business? Don’t get caught out by scams and paying for access to government grant information. Government grant information is available free online — you don’t need to pay for it! Protect your business […]

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Assisting students with special behavioural needs.

Posted June 21, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

  Café Culture recently was asked to assist in setting up a practice café at the Naremburn School. This kitchen project is being run by 2016 Master Chef Australia session eight winner, Elena Duggan, and is aimed at assisting students with special behavioural needs. Café Culture reached out to it’s network of café suppliers to […]

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Start your business off on the right foot!

Posted June 21, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Don’t start a business in Australia without using business.gov.au’s new Starting a Business Guide!   Thinking of starting a business? Or maybe you’re in the early phases of operating? Setting up your own business is exciting, but it can be challenging if you’re not prepared. We spoke to business owners across the country and they […]

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The Gig Economy: Navigating new ways to work

Posted June 21, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

It’s Friday night and it has been a long week.  The fridge is as depleted as you are and the mob needs feeding. But that’s okay, because there are endless choices for dinner and several ways in which it can be delivered to your front door. Home delivery is not new in Australia. But the […]

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R&CA WELCOMES PAYROLL TAX AND TRAINING INITIATIVES IN NSW BUDGET

Posted June 21, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has welcomed initiatives aimed at reducing the cost of doing business as well as expanding the accessibility of apprenticeships throughout NSW unveiled as part of today’s 2018 – 19 State Budget. The Budget included measures such as progressively increasing the State’s payroll tax threshold from $750,000 to $1 million over […]

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Is your tax practitioner registered?

Posted June 14, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

A reminder for all small business owners.   The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) is reminding all small business owners to check their tax agents, BAS agents or tax (financial) advisers are registered with the TPB, if you use one. The TPB is the national body responsible for the registration and regulation of tax practitioners. They […]

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TOURISM AND SMALL BUSINESS WINNERS IN QUEENSLAND’S 2018 – 19 BUDGET

Posted June 14, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA)  has welcomed the Queensland Government’s  budget measures to support the State’s tourism and small business  sectors  as outlined in  its  2018 – 19 State  Budget. R&CA CEO Juliana Payne commended the Queensland Government’s  $26 million  commitment to  extend the 50 per cent payroll tax rebate program until 30 June 2019 […]

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Cultured Products: Riverina Fresh

Posted June 14, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

P. 1800 993 081 E. consumer.relations@riverinafresh.com.au W. www.riverinafresh.com.au FB. www.facebook.com/riverinafresh I. www.instagram.com/riverinafresh At Riverina Fresh, we’re proudly Australian owned and sourced exclusively from a dedicated group of farmers in the Riverina region in NSW.  Our award winning milks are considered especially suited to specialty coffee due to their unique attributes driven by farming methods, process […]

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HELP NEEDED FOR VICTIMS OF GUATEMALAN DISASTER

Posted June 14, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

You’re invited to help with the funeral expenses at the Santa Clara Dry Mill in Antigua where workers died in the recent volcanic eruption in Guatemala. And with medical expenses of local children who’ve suffered massive burns.   This request has come via Christine Cottrell from her friend Marta Dalton of Coffee Bird in the […]

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Our thoughts are with Guatemala

Posted June 7, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Our thoughts are with Guatemala and it’s people, and with our coffee friends, during this time of hardship. These photos were sent to us from our friends at Terra Negra Trade  and show the force of the volcanic eruption and the devastating effects.  

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What is a Broccoli Latte?

Posted June 7, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The product, developed by Hort Innovation and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, packs a healthy punch with approximately one serve of broccoli in every two tablespoons of powder. A Melbourne café became the first to experiment brewing a broccoli latte recently, with mixed reviews. While broccoli lattes might not suit everyone, Hort Innovation chief executive […]

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Rubia Coffee Traders Vertical Gravity Fed Destoner

Posted June 7, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The aim of the Vertical Gravity Fed Destoner is to separate foreign heavy materials encountered in roasted coffee seeds. The design of this system is based on the principle that roasted coffee seeds are lighter than the mass weight of most foreign materials encountered in roasted coffee seeds, in particular small rocks or stones. Separation […]

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Changes are coming to GST

Posted June 7, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Make sure your business is ready from 1 July 2018. Last updated: 30 May 2018 From 1 July 2018, the goods and services tax (GST) will apply to retail sales of low value physical goods ($1000 or less) that have been imported to Australia and sold to consumers. The existing processes to collect GST on […]

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ACT’S ONE – STOP CAFÉ PROGRAM TO CUT THROUGH RED TAPE BURDEN

Posted June 7, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has welcomed the AC T Government’s new One Stop Café program, as announced in the 2018 – 19 Territory Budget. Under the program, café – owners will be able to access a single, online application form when establishing a new business rather than having to complete a multitude of separate […]

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The WTBC experience with Tania Stacey

Posted June 7, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

WTBC experience – Tania Stacey The opportunity to participate in the Shanghai WTBC was an experience that helped to build on my knowledge of the modern tea world.  It is a competition platform that suits competitors from various backgrounds to create modern beverages with tea as the hero ingredient. I entered the competition to push […]

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Countrywide Café of the Year – Winners

Posted June 6, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

In February this year, Countrywide, Australia’s largest Food Service Distributor Group, launched a brand new promotion, ‘Countrywide Café of the Year’. The competition created quite a buzz across the nation, giving away $52,000 worth of prizes to cafés. With 14 weeks of the competition now coming to a close, Countrywide Food Service Distributors are ecstatic […]

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Cafe Culture Digital Issue 4 – now available!

Posted June 4, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Latest news, trends, products and reviews – every month. THIS MONTH FEATURES: – Insights to what shapes your industry report – Styling with The Grounds – Politics, logistics and direct trade with Phil Dibella – Food service show review with Alchemy – Meet the founder of London Coffee Festival – Sales analysis with Justin Bromage […]

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2018 Speciality Tea Awards

Posted May 31, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Royal Hobart Fine Foods has opened up to the blossoming Australian specialty tea industry and created 15 categories which will be awarded Gold, Silver & Bronze Metals n the 29thof July.   entries.hobartshowground.com.au/Account/ExhibitorLogin

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2018 Breezey Masters Latte Art Competition enjoys a wildly successful 2nd heat in Perth

Posted May 31, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The WA heat for Breezey Masters 2018 made for an intense spectacle on the evening of May 30th. Once again we had a fantastic turnout of 20 competitors fighting for their place in November’s Melbourne Grand Final. We were extremely lucky to be hosted by FiOri Coffee in the Swan Valley, with a gorgeous venue […]

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Brazil to host coffee world championships for the first time

Posted May 31, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

In November, the International Coffee Week will host 4 international championships with competitors of over 40 nationalities and thousands of visitors The World Cup of Coffee with its various categories is happening, and it will take place in the capital of Minas Gerais. From November 7th to 9th, 2018, Brazil will host the World Barista […]

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The battle for Australia’s best brew heats up

Posted May 31, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The claim of Australia’s coffee capital is officially up for grabs, as international travel authority Lonely Planet publishes its Global Coffee Tour this month. Melbourne has the famed reputation for Australia’s best coffee but today, Sydney’s coffee scene is arguably among the most dynamic in the world with award-winning roasters and baristas setting up in […]

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Cultured Products – DaVinci Gourmet

Posted May 24, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

DaVinci Gourmet, The Story of Flavour Genius. We believe that Baristas and Mixologists are creative and that they seek perfection to amaze their audiences. We are the contemporary choice for professional drink makers inspired by Leonardo DaVinci’s pursuit of perfection. We use craft, science, and art to empower drink makers to create their own masterpieces. […]

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Coffee Waste Is Now Fetching a 480% Premium Over Coffee Itself

Posted May 24, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

“Aida Batlle grows coffee on her family’s farm in the hills surrounding El Salvador’s Santa Ana Volcano. Like generations before her, she had little use for the skin that encases the beans, so she’d turn it into cheap fertilizer or, more frequently, trash it. Then one day, walking past some husks drying in the sun, a smell hit […]

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Want to grow your business?

Posted May 24, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Advertising and online A key element of marketing is advertising. You can market your business through a variety of advertising means, including mail, email, developing your own website, online advertising, newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the phone book. Benefits of advertising Advertising can help you establish or position your business, sell your products or services […]

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Is your business compliant with workplace laws?

Posted May 23, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

200 regional NSW businesses being audited by the Fair Work Ombudsman in New England and North West 24 May 2018 The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced audits of more than 200 businesses across the New England and North West regions of NSW, as part of its latest campaign checking businesses’ compliance with workplace laws. Fair […]

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Cultured Product – Cheeki Cups

Posted May 17, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Cheeki is Australia’s number one brand of reusable Food Grade #304 Food (18/8) Stainless Steel Cups, Bottles and Food Jars. Double walled, vacuum insulated cups keep drinks hot for up to 8 hours and cold for up to 12 hours. Available in two styles: Pop Up Lids are Cheeki’s unique technology, insulated lid. These stylish […]

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Record penalty against Townsville café operator over failure to pay compensation

Posted May 17, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

  A record penalty has been imposed against the former operator of a café at Townsville in regional Queensland, for ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to compensate an employee who was unfairly dismissed. Theo Sourlos, who formerly owned and ran the ‘Three Beans and a Chef’ café, has been penalised $9000 and his company […]

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R&CA ’S PILOT PROGRAM TO FAST-TRACK YOUNG COOKS INTO THE KITCHEN

Posted May 17, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has announced details of its upcoming fast – track pilot program to encourage more young people to become cooks and pursue a long – term career within the hospitality sector. As part of the program, apprentices will be able to enrol in the Cookery Fast Track Program for free and […]

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2018 Breezey Masters Latte Art Competition kicks off with a bang in Brisbane

Posted May 11, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

Tuesday 8th May marked the return of one of the biggest Barista events in Australia, with 21 competitors from across Queensland fighting through 3 rounds to earn their place in the Breezey Masters Grand Final. Now into its 3rd year, there was a fantastic turnout and some amazing latte art. The Breezey Masters is a […]

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Nero Contact Grill – Cultured Product

Posted May 10, 2018 by Cafe Culture Mag

The demand for the right mix of crunchy-creamy-ooze factor is real. Much more than bread, cheese, fillings and fixings, the secret sauce is the equipment. And it’s Weatherdon’s Nero Contact Grill, specifically designed for the hotel industry by Sydney’s Cube industrial design team, that separates the grommets from the gourmets. CONTACT R.Weatherdon & Co Pty […]

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