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Welcome to the healthy age

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Going to a café these days is about the experience … a good café can be a treat to all the senses. And speaking of  “senses”,  it truly does make good sense to consider healthy choices on your menu! Does it surprise you to hear that cafés are remarkably the most common meeting places in […]

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Cambodia

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Most cafés in Cambodia use local Robusta grown in the northern provinces near Vietnam or Laotian Arabicas from the Bolaven Plateau, as well as Thai Arabicas from the northern Chang Mai, Chang Rai regions. The Khmer Rouge may come to mind when the Kingdom of Cambodia is mentioned in the news or in a conversation. […]

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Brisbane the Emerging Café Scene

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

As a prospective café owner and wanting the perfect area to set up, why wouldn’t you pick a city that has a year round climate where you can sit outside in the sun enjoying the vista? Yes, Brisbane is one of Australia’s most attractive cities and has a great climate, along with access to 3.5 […]

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Sri Lankan Kaleidoscope

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

From the bustle of Colombo to the hilltops of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka is an amazing kaleidoscope of colour and culture. After many years of being a “Coffee Widow”, it was my turn to visit a country of Origin. For me it was tea and the beautiful island of Sri Lanka! With my love of […]

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Coffee Craft

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Patio Coffee Roastery ROASTER PROFILE Located on busy South Road, one of Adelaide’s most important arterial roads, you will find Coffee Craft. Although in the making for just over a decade, Coffee Craft was officially launched five years ago, emerging out of the need to service consumers with a one stop shop for all things […]

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A Coffee Roasting Success Story in New Caledonia

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Royal Pacifique In May of this year I had the pleasure of supplying and installing a 60kg Coffee Roasting line in New Caledonia for local company Royal Pacifique S.A. This being my first visit to the island, it was surprisingly only a one and a half hour flight from Brisbane. The Café Culture team on […]

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The perfect tea experience

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Hand crafted using the highest quality materials, the Zero Japan teapots are used in the finest restaurants and cafés around the world. How many times have you had a dining experience that has been perfect, right down to the exquisite cup of tea at the end, that cleanses your palate, only to find that upon […]

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Yunnan Coffee – Aroma of China

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The number of coffee drinkers in China is on the rise. Today, coffee has firmly integrated itself into the daily lives of the younger generation across China. With the increasing popularity of coffee culture, local coffee emerges, and one of them is Yunnan coffee. Yunnan produces 98% of the country’s coffee, and when we talk […]

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Part 2 – Sandwich Safari New York

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

New York, New York! The eating continues in the Big Apple. New York blew my mind. The city that never sleeps also feels like it never ends, it just keeps going, high rise after high rise … forever.  But the “wow factor” didn’t stop at the sheer size of this amazing city. Day after day […]

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Beyond the Cup

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

There is a strong undercurrent being driven by customers. Everyone knows it, but not everyone gets it. These days, “health is truly wealth”. Health conscious customers are dictating menus and shifts in healthier alternatives in food ingredients. Rightly so, given that forecasts from the National Health and Medical Research Council (2013) predict that by 2025, […]

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Hot Chocolate, Dark Couverture

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Greek term theobroma (Cocoa plant) literally means “food of the gods”. At this time of year your hot chocolate sales should be hitting an all time high. Now is the time to supply your customers with the most delicious, high quality and interesting products that keep them coming back. By promoting the story behind […]

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Prana Chai – Only the good stuff

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

What is Chai? In many parts of the world, chai is the word for tea. It is a centuries old beverage, which has played an important role in many cultures. Indian chai is a spiced milk tea generally made up of black tea, milk, a combination of spices and a sweetener. In recent years we’ve experienced […]

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Coffee & Cafe trends in Asia

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

In the past 6 to 8 years the number of cafés sprouting and opening in countries across Asia, namely in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam have grown tremendously. Back in 2005/6, the only decent cafés serving espresso-based beverages were always serving Italian brand coffee such as Illy, or Lavazza. Today, we are seeing independent cafés […]

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Boston Beantown

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

As a coffee-centric visitor to Boston in April this year, you could be forgiven for assuming the reason Boston was referred to as “beantown” is because the worldwide coffee community descended upon the city to attend “The SCAA Event” – comprising a coffee symposium and trade show, along with the U.S. Barista Championships.  A closer […]

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Cocoa Indonesia Farms

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Utz Certified is a worldwide program and label for sustainable farming of coffee, cocoa and tea. Ruben Bergsma, UTZ Certified representative for Australia, shares some insights about the impact of UTZ Certified and talks about his experiences during his visit to an UTZ certified cocoa farm in Indonesia this past December. It was a hot, […]

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Aussies judging the world’s

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

We have just had the 2013 World Latte Art Championships in Nice, France, and the organisation chose industry experts from countries all over the world to be the judges critiquing these world class baristas. Lance Brown from Lion Dairy and Brent Williams From DaVinci Gourmet Beverages were Australia’s chosen judges. Both these gentleman have been […]

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Cafe Technology

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

What every café owner should know about using technology to boost their business? “ Technology is being used to boost profit margins, improve service levels and help gain a competitive advantage by minimising labour costs, reducing food waste, improving business processes and improving meal experiences. ” – Reference: IBISWorld 2013, Cafes and Restaurants in Australia. […]

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Coffee Flavours – Intrinsic or roaster created flavours of coffee?

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Sometimes you see some fairly outlandish cupping notes for coffee that include terms like crusty apricot pie, sun ripened gooseberries or green peaches and cream, but which of these flavours are intrinsic to the bean and which have been created in the roasting process? A raw coffee bean will typically have some “farm aromas”, like […]

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Where Artisan Craftsman meets Crafty Science

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

In 1991, this small boutique roastery opened the front doors of a Sydney terrace to expose a 4 kg air roaster and a three group espresso machine. JoAnne and Dan Fitzsimmons quickly developed a Sydney University following that saw the footpath frequently blocked with coffee drinkers sitting on upturned milk crates. 22 years later, they […]

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Ancap Cups

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

It has been a hectic and successful twelve months for Ancap cups since their launch at The Melbourne International Coffee Expo last year. In a short time, Ancap have established themselves as the cup of choice for many of the country’s top roasters and baristas. For over 50 years Ancap has been one of the […]

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Hawaii Postcard

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

At the first mention of the word ‘Hawaii,’ you already have a vision of the place: crystal blue ocean, palm trees, white sandy beaches and tanned Polynesian girls dancing the hula while you sip on coconut drinks decorated with tiny umbrellas. This is the image of Hawaii that centuries of mariners’ lore and decades of […]

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Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Sydney Northern Beaches and Pittwater Peninsular have been a well kept secret in the café world. We recently discovered some great café concepts that have escaped the mainstream media attention, which we would now like to celebrate and highlight. The Northern Beaches area has always had a laid back, relaxed atmosphere due to the […]

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From little things big things grow

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

3Brothers Australia was born from the passion and dedication of the brothers Tercio Borba and Thiago Borba … a dream of bringing into the Australian specialty coffee scene the best and most exquisite coffees their homeland, Brazil, has to offer. After their expeditions through diverse areas and exotic lands around Brazil, they have selected the […]

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The Price of Experience

Posted July 30, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Time and time again, we who work in hospitality are faced with public misconceptions of our industry. The penalty rates system that is currently used enforces the public belief that hospitality is a Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm job. Café owners, baristas, chefs and other industry professionals can certainly attest to the fact that […]

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Specialty, Craft, Artisan

Posted July 30, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

I have been very busy over the past few months touring the world to officially promote the incredible growth cycle of the Australian coffee and café industry. After two years of solid research and multiple spreadsheets, we believe coffee consumption in Australia is around 14 billion dollars. The growth over the last ten years has been […]

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Consumers turn to mobile to pay on the go

Posted June 20, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Have your ever missed a sale because a potential customer didn’t have any lose change in their pocket to purchase a quick coffee or they’ve seen the peak hour queue at your café and gone elsewhere? Chances are you probably have, but as new technologies come onto the market you can turn this problem into […]

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2013 World Barista and Brewers Cup Champions

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

World Coffee Events Announces 2013 World Barista and Brewers Cup Champions Sunday May 26th, World Coffee Events (WCE) announced the 2013 World Barista Champion and 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) in Melbourne, Australia. The 2013 World Barista Champion is Pete Licata from the USA and the 2013 World […]

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What is a shot?

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Coffee is at its freshest immediately after it is ground. After grinding, the volatile oils that were previously protected inside the coffee bean are exposed to the air, which starts the oxidisation process and stales the coffee. For this reason it is important to tamp and extract coffee as quickly as possible. The experience of […]

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What is espresso?

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The word espresso refers to a method of brewing that is unique in two important ways: – In brewing espresso, hot water under high pressure is forced through a bed of finely ground coffee to extract a thick, flavourful essence in a concentrated form. This espress (quick) method of brewing can produce a cup between […]

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Coffee menu – what’s your order?

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

  Espresso/Short Black Served in a demitasse cup and saucer, 30ml of espresso coffee, spoon, and sugar and traditionally served with a glass of water.       Short Macchiato Served in a small glass and saucer, with a single shot (30ml) of espresso coffee stained with hot or cold milk with a dollop of […]

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Building a circular economy

Posted May 28, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Sustainable Convenience: Is there a way that we can continue to enjoy the wonderful benefits of our modern lifestyles whilst at the same time responsibly managing the resources that make our lives so comfortable and convenient? In order to get everyone their daily caffeine fix, the coffee industry is responsible for producing large amounts of […]

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Cup of Excellence – the perfect coffee sourcing story

Posted May 2, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The second edition of the Brazil Late Harvest Cup of Excellence (COE) competition is one of great importance, due to the fact that it is the first competition that revolves only around natural processed coffees. The 2013 competition was held in Varginha in the state of Minas Gerais, a small city that lives and breathes […]

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Mission Impossible

Posted May 1, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

“Mr Hunt, here is your mission … Should you decide to accept it. A great little not-for-profit called STREAT needs some help. They have no money (as usual) and they want to print and sell 3,000 copies of a cookbook. OK, it is going to be a fabulous cookbook – but they don’t actually have a […]

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Why train your barista?

Posted May 1, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Teaching anyone how to be a trainer in two hours was clearly a daunting task – with no time for an explanation of WHY training is important. Recently, I was asked to do a presentation on Training Strategies to a group of certified barista trainers at a Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) meeting in […]

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Cows and Coffee

Posted April 30, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

This story goes back to the mid 1990s. I approached long time friend Grant Tulloch for a cartoon to promote my café, aptly called the Udder Cow, located in Comboyne, a small village surrounded by farms and Friesian cows. Tully, as he is also known, had long been sketching people in the Hunter Valley (near […]

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Sandwich Safari London

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The International Sandwich Safari, hosted by the Australasian Sandwich Association and the UK’s leading food-to-go innovator Tom Allen, takes industry folk from Australia on a research tour to the world’s leading food-to-go markets: London and New York City.  Visiting up to 8 outlets a day, the pace is set and your belly best be empty. […]

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Pie Face

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Drive around Sydney or Melbourne these days, and you’ll find a Pie Face on almost every corner. Inside the stores you’ll find fresh pies baked on the premises, with a funny little face on top of each one to denote the flavour. And, contrary to popular belief, Pie Face isn’t just a pie shop. They […]

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Not a quick fix

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Many café owners’ attitudes towards refurbishment is that it will provide a “quick fix” for the business. Take King Street, Newtown, as an example; there is a constant stream of new owners taking on existing failed café sites in the quest to enter the café market. Often they have no background in food service and basically […]

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Sweet Success

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

280 Australians are diagnosed with Diabetes every day, with over 1,000,000 Australians already diagnosed to date. With the growth rate of this disease, it is estimated 3.3 million Australians will have type 2 Diabetes by 2031. In 2009, Natvia co-founder Samuel Tew began his journey to incite a worldwide health revolution to change the way […]

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Global Mystery Machine

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Changing people’s perception of coffee presentation has been very one dimensional, based around traditional espresso machines over the last 10 years. During the Golden Bean Competition late last year, Global Coffee Solutions ran a test on a room full of coffee professionals, who all had very refined coffee tasting palates. The team put award winning […]

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Less bang for your puck!

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Over the years, Italy has progressed in the manufacture of high quality espresso machines, keeping in line with the demands of the consumers and baristas. These days, the industry has accepted as “the norm” to run baristas through training courses which literally teach them to bang the “puck” out of the machine. Well, the Italians […]

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Cafe Asia

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

I had the pleasure of taking a quick trip to visit The Singapore Coffee Associations Café Asia and International Coffee & Tea Expo. The event took place on the14 of March 201 at Marina Bay Sands and also hosted the Singapore Coffee Association’s National Barista/Latte Art competitions. This year was also a first for the […]

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The Q&A of Q Grading

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

So what’s this Q Grader thing all about anyway?   There was no more popular question posed to me when I had the privilege of hosting a Q Grader preparation workshop at the Golden Bean Coffee Roaster Competition and Conference on the Sunshine Coast last October. Once and for all, let’s answer some important questions […]

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Espresso Kick

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Until now, coffee products in cans and bottles have been made without taking into consideration the evolving sophistication of consumers’ palates. Having realised this, we set out to develop a coffee in a can product using real coffee, and so Espresso Kick+ was born. One of the key things I noticed was that a majority […]

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What’s so specialty?

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

I often get asked about what a specialty beverage actually is? Well, specialty beverages are drinks that offer the consumer new taste sensations through creative combinations of flavours and textures. With the consumer of today being significantly more sophisticated and aware due to social media, access to travel and the inspirations of shows like MasterChef and […]

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The India Coffee Tour

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

My Coffee My Barista It was another exciting opportunity to visit India just before Christmas, to fulfil my role as a coffee tour guide for the Equal My coffee My Barista Competition (MCMB). Equal had offered a trip to coffee origin for the winner of this popular competition. MCMB created great interest, and thousands of […]

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Rare Traditions in Modern Times

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Anyone travelling to Indonesia, Jakarta, should be sure to travel to the quaint city of Bandung, which is only 2 hours’ drive from Jakarta. It’s a city that offers a respite from the hustle and bustle and heavy pollution of the capital. Situated at 800 m above sea level, the climate is pleasantly warm, but […]

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What’s with the cow?

Posted April 13, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Yes, you may be asking, “What’s this cartoon front cover all about?” Well, the story goes back about fifteen years, when I owned a cow themed café on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. The theme was black and white Friesian cows. We needed a logo to go with the business name, “The […]

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From Paddock to Plate

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Café food has gone far beyond the simple, uninspired breakfasts of old. In the modern café, providing customers with the choice of quality house made or locally produced products that have a real tangible origin is an essential ingredient. People are abandoning restaurants in droves for the more wallet friendly food that is created in […]

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Life’s about to get very sweet in Waverley

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

For quite some time now, Sydneysiders have been able to satisfy their sweet tooth with treats from Adriano’s Sydney stores – his two patisseries in Balmain and Manly, The Star at Pyrmont, and Café Rozelle. When deciding on the best location for his latest retail venture, pâtissier Adriano Zumbo decided it was time he reached […]

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