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Smoked Turkey with Beetroot Salad

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Ingredients • 1 Ingham Smoked Redgum Turkey Double Breast • 10 beetroots (medium size) • 125 ml extra virgin olive oil • 80 ml maple syrup • 20 ml sherry vinegar • ½ tbsp tarragon • Salt & pepper to taste Method Wrap beetroot individually in aluminium foil and bake in the oven until soft in […]

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Turkey Supreme on Sourdough

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Ingredients • 1 Ingham Oven Roasted Supreme • 1½ loaves sourdough bread (sliced) Roasted Tomatoes: • 5 Roma tomatoes (cut in half) • ½ tbsp thyme • 10 ml olive oil • Salt to taste • 20 g sugar Basil Pesto: • 2 tbsp basil • 120 g pine nuts • 300 g Parmesan cheese […]

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Chilean Charcarero Sandwich with Pebre

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Recipe by: Rare medium: The Chef’s journal of Australian beef, lamb & goat is available FREE from raremedium@mla.com.au MAKES 4 PORTIONS Beef • 1 kg good quality skirt steak • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon olive oil • ¼ teaspoon paprika • ½ teaspoon ground cumin • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano • 1 teaspoon […]

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Beef Masterpieces

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Join the red meat revolution! Introducing The Skirt Its coarse grain means the skirt is perfect for marinating. The meat fibres are very porous, yet firm enough to ensure the meat won’t collapse while marinating and during subsequent cooking. In the last issue of Café Culture magazine, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) started a red meat […]

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Beer and Food: The Perfect Match

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Beer and food is a great match, but with the popularity of cool refreshing lagers in our part of the world, beer has been most commonly associated with casual eating and pre-dinner drinking. But … beer is a versatile drink. With the almost endless variety of beers available today, it’s possible to find a beer […]

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Pullman Tampers: Celebrating 10 years

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

More than 8000 individually numbered tampers have gone out worldwide as ‘Pullman’ tampers. In 2002 Greg Pullman discovered his shiny new coffee machine’s built-in tamper was far too small. Learning that no retro-fit was available, he made one himself, and as an afterthought dropped a quick email to the supplier advising he’d machined up a […]

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Justin Gets Roasting

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

It was at the Golden Bean 2011 when I was first approached about assisting with the first large scale installation for Proaster in Australia. Justin Metcalf was moving ahead with a new coffee roasting business venture with partners, as part of the company AESP. The roaster and plant setup was integral to the business getting […]

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Following the frog at dc Laundry

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

‘dc’ are great supporters of Rainforest Alliance and are dedicated to helping give back to the industry in which they operate. Café Culture recently had the pleasure of attending yet another important industry event at the “dc” Laundry, Ducale Coffee’s newest coffee space in Kings Cross in Sydney. The night was part of creating awareness […]

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Barista Training Standards – A Global Perspective

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Have you ever wondered where coffee standards come from?  Who deems an espresso should be extracted in a certain time, be a certain size? What pressure and temperature should be applied? That a cappuccino should be made like this and a latte like that? If you look at Italian coffee history, where the concept of […]

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Barista Trends

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

There are several strong trends running through specialty coffee in 2012. First and foremost is the continual upgrade by café owners in terms of coffee quality, choice of equipment and acknowledgement of the importance of employing skilled baristas. The specialty coffee café is often characterised by the Melbourne design aesthetic (a mix of industrial, retro […]

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Robusta: The Other Coffee

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

I remember being confused about the coffee that was put in front of me on the cupping table: sweet but with almost a bittersweet salt caramel taste, some woodiness, a huge rich body and a delicate lemony acidity, the combination and intensities of which were unlike anything I had tried before.  What was this stuff? […]

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The Vanuatu Origin Story – Coffee Brothers Tanna Island

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Nui is a dedicated Australian fair trade company focusing on the production of certified organic and wild harvest products from the South Pacific. We are partnering with local producers to bring Vanuatu and her 83 islands, 100 Kustoms and 1,000 voices to the Australian and international marketplace. Tanna Island Coffee is just one of those […]

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Adventure India – Abundance Global Adventure 2012

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

I recently had the good fortune of attending the adventure that was the Gloria Jean’s Abundance Global Convention 2012. The convention took place in India, and I was invited as a judge for their Global Barista Championships. Held from the 12th to the 18th of October, it was a week of my life that I […]

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Value for Money

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Competition in the Australian coffee market has evolved at an unprecedented rate and on the surface, it appears that café owners are the ultimate benefactors, with coffee companies offering an array of discounts and promotions to secure their share of the marketplace. However, upon scratching the surface, the question arises, “Are cafés really getting such […]

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North Queensland Recharge

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

What a great last few months in the café world. Firstly, I had the opportunity to get involved in barista judging for some of our best-known coffee franchises. I had a great day reporting on the annual Gloria Jean’s National Barista Final in Sydney. The competition was very well run, and it was great to […]

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‘dc’ and RFA ‘Follow the Frog Week’ Industry night @ dc Laundry

Posted August 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

In continuing support and in line with their commitment to sustainable coffee and social conscience ‘dc’ in conjunction with Cofi Com and Rainforest Alliance will host an industry event at the ‘dc’ Laundry aimed at creating awareness and promoting the great work of Rainforest Alliance and it’s ‘Follow the Frog Week’ initiative. ‘dc’ are great supporters […]

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Advances in POS to Change Hospitality Forever

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Technology has hit the café market in a big way… we’ve had more development in the last 2 years than the previous 10 years. With so much choice, it has become quite confusing for café owners who are not so tech savvy. Many smart operators have embraced newly available technology: state of the art POS […]

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Glenn Cooper: Liquor

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Coopers Brewery have just been handed the mantle of the largest Australian owned brewery in the country. Café Culture caught up with Glen Cooper, Director of Marketing at Coopers, to find out his views on the current state of the liquor market and to give us an insight into what the future holds. How have […]

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Scott Browning: Packaging

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

marketing manager: mpm marketing In tougher times, customers tend to focus on price and less on quality. However, there is a difference between purchasing something that is cheap and something that is good value. In essence, food packaging is the medium used by businesses to get their products to customers. It provides portion control and […]

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Mimmo Lubrano: Foodservice

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Mimmo Lubrano, the chief of Sandhurst Foods, comments on the changing trends in foodservice over 22 years in business. The closing of many “fine dining outlets” across Australia is a worrying sign that food spending has changed. The costs of maintaining these restaurants is prohibitive, and Australia has one of the highest prices of restaurant […]

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Simon Dimattina on Coffee

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Over twenty years I’ve seen lots of improvement and plenty of fine tuning, as everyone looks for one-percenters to improve their coffee quality. We better understand the equipment we use and while the fundamentals are the same, we’ve adapted equipment to provide better quality coffee more consistently. I started in the coffee industry part-time when […]

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Is easy tea the best tea?

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

I’m going to pass on the benefit of a lifetime of drinking tea and what seems as long studying tea, tasting tea, and developing tea for a variety of end uses. Specifically, my time as tea taster, buyer, and R& D officer for Bushells is worth reflecting about. And I’ll give a wide berth to […]

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Craig Simon’s Competition Journey

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

From the moment he knew that he’d be representing Australia in the World Barista Championship of 2012, Craig Simon literally did not rest – going into non-stop preparation mode for the huge task ahead. Having just over a month to prepare left little time for anything else. Let’s have a look at the chain of […]

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State of the Nation: The Australian Sandwich Industry

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Australian sandwich industry: one of those things you might not consciously think about too often, but an industry which employs hundreds-of-thousands of people, which turns-over billions of dollars annually, and which we all constantly engage with in one form or another as a consumer, business owner and/or foodservice professional. With 26 sandwiches sold every […]

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Turkey Schnitzel

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Herb and Garlic Turkey Breast Schnitzel with Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa Ingredients • 4 Ingham Herb and Garlic  Turkey Breast Schnitzels • 2 fresh cobs of corn • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 20 g butter • 1 – 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning • 250 g cherry tomatoes quartered • 1 avocado, peeled, diced […]

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Mediterranean Steaks

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Ingredients • 4 Ingham Turkey Breast Steaks • 2 zucchinis • 4 finger eggplants • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced • 100 g Swiss Brown mushrooms, trimmed, sliced • 250 g punnet cherry tomatoes, cut in half • 1/2 cup small black olives • 2 lemons, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1/4 cup flat […]

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Beef Masterpieces Recipe

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Pulled Brisket Sandwich with Fresh Horseradish Sauce & Watercress Recipe by DAVID RAYNER Thomas Corner Eatery, Noosaville, QLD MAKES 4 PORTIONS: $3.30 per portion  Ingredients• 3 kg marbled point end brisket, deckle off, fat left on • 8 slices best quality grain sourdough • Unsalted butter • Fresh horseradish sauce (see below) • 1 bunch […]

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Meet the Withams

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Lance Witham was one of the first Coffee roasters Café Culture met in the early days in the coffee Industry. It was exciting to meet the Witham family, as they actually knew about coffee, being involved as coffee farmers and as green bean brokers. It was very educational at the start of a career in […]

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Discovering the wonder of Coco in South America

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Earlier this year, I went on a discovery mission to South America to learn more about cocoa. My travels took me to the tropical mountainous coast of Venezuela and to the lush cocoa farms of central Colombia. The trip was a real eye opener. So little is known about the origins of a product that […]

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Inhouse coffee roasting

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

One doesn’t have to look far within the Australian coffee scene to see coffee shop roasting in house. It certainly is a growing trend, as coffee shops look for ways to remain competitive in a market that is attracting a lot of new entrants. Like most things in business, the pros and cons of such […]

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The Coffee Ireland

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

In between our two European trade fairs (Caffe Culture in London and World of Coffee in Vienna), Paul and I made a little detour to visit Dublin for a few days, before heading into rural landscapes of unimaginable beauty – and to be part of the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival. We would like to make […]

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Destination Vietnam

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

It was my third visit to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), but this time I was on a completely new mission – not entirely just a holiday. I was looking for that elusive sweet berry-like coffee that I had tasted in Hanoi a year earlier.  Stepping back a year, I was in Hanoi assisting with […]

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Destination Argentina: A Mate with mate.

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

In the last edition of Café Culture Magazine, I shared with you the first half of our South American escapade travelling throughout Chile. Our adventure now continues over the Andes and into Argentina. We left Valparaiso, the harbour city of Chile, early in the morning to tackle the    300 km trip over the Andes […]

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It’s differences that make the difference

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Science tells us there are two sides to the brain. There’s the left side, which is more rational, and then there’s the right, which is more emotional. You can imagine a constant internal dialogue, like a parent and child squabbling – don’t do that/but I feel like it – until one side wins.  When consumers […]

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Cafe Quality Still Prevails

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

I’ve just returned from a quick trip checking out the coffee scene in Vietnam. Now I’m back home, my feet are still moving at a fast pace with the excitement of my travels and upcoming projects. My Vietnam visit highlighted how quickly the Asian market is growing and how new trends of their own special […]

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A true testament to hard work!

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

A true testament to hard work!  After ten years with an unclouded vision and a loyal team of supporters, Café Biz celebrated its tenth year with great success. We all walked away proud and enlightened, with 100% commitment to continuing this great café industry show. C afé Biz has seen the largest ever roll up, with […]

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A Bitesize Story

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The real Bite Size story was born in a café in Europe … Any cafÉ in Europe, actually. Greece, Italy, Spain … the place is interchangeable, because what it’s really about is the European culture of hospitality, where a customer is treated as a guest entering your home. You want them to feel welcome, to […]

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Haloumi, Black Swan Tzatziki and Zucchini stack

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

SERVES: 4 Ingredients • 400 g Haloumi • 1 cup Black Swan Tzatziki • 3 zucchini • 1 bunch basil • 4 tbsp olive oil Method Cut Haloumi and zucchini into equal sized squares. Brown Haloumi and zucchini separately and set aside. Chop basil and also set aside. Carefully layer the Haloumi and the zucchini […]

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Outsource and save

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Of course dips are synonymous with dipping, but savvy cooks know that there is so much more to these flavour packers. Be it for spreading, basting, marinating, dolloping, coating, filling or smearing, the versatility of ‘dips’ is really only limited by your creativity. They should actually consider changing their name. It’s often said that tasty […]

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Ingham Recipes

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

                      Turkey Rice Paper Rolls Ingredients • 8 dried rice paper wrappers • 8 butter lettuce leaves • 8 slices oven roasted or smoked Ingham Turkey Breast, thinly sliced • 3 vine ripened tomatoes, finely diced • 1 Lebanese cucumber, finely diced • Hoisin sauce […]

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Never give up, never

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Clayton Pine first commenced training as an international buyer for Bushells Tea & Coffee in March 1974. The years and career moves that followed included brands such as Andronicus, Nestle, Belaroma, Amgoorie, King and Robur. In 1993, Clayton started a tea and coffee trading business that would, in 1996, form the foundations of Pine Tea […]

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The Art of Coffee Judging

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

With the AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association national competition just completed, we took a look behind the scenes to see just how these competitions are adjudicated. Craig Dickson of Veneziano Coffee Roasters, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable coffee judges in the country, speaks judging in the international specialty coffee arena. [nggallery id=37] Already this […]

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Tablet Technology

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The latest hand held and tablet technology can increase sales and profit. Handheld technology for wait staff has been around since the 1990s, with a number of companies in New Zealand leading the industry with these products. New Zealand has always been a technology leader and in the 1990s, these were received with interest and trepidation. […]

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Discovering the true nature of sugar

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

While coffee roasters and café owners alike probably wish their coffee was appreciated by customers without sugar, the reality is that the majority of consumers add sweeteners to their coffee. However, few coffee roasters and baristas have tested the effect that sugar has on their coffee blend. Most who have are quite startled to find […]

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The SCAA Annual Expo

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Portland, Oregon was this year’s host of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual exposition and the USA Barista Championship. The Scale of the expo is huge; 10,000 people visited the convention centre. That week from all over the world, including dozens from the Australian Coffee industry. It seemed that you couldn’t go anywhere in Portland […]

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Destination Chile

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

[nggallery id=34] 25 years of married life is a great excuse to celebrate with an overseas holiday and to renew our wedding vows … in Spanish. The family choice at that moment was Chile and Argentina in South America, in conjunction with an invitation from friends who originated from Santiago, also planning to celebrate their […]

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Foodco Group

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

[nggallery id=33] Foodco Group Pty Ltd, based in Sydney and founded in 1989, has become one of Australasia’s leading food and coffee franchise business retailers. Concentrating on providing mall and high street locations, the Foodco Group comprises over 350 franchise business retail outlets trading through the Muffin Break bakery café franchise, Jamaica Blue café franchise […]

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The Hybrid Cafe

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

[nggallery id=32] A sustainable business model The hybrid café – like the hybrid car – operates on two levels to seamlessly achieve one objective. The hybrid car uses both internal power combustion and electric to get from A to B. One source of power takes over when the other is lacking, but importantly, they back […]

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Roband: An Australian Story

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

[nggallery id=31] So many times in Australia over the last two decades we have seen our manufacturing businesses move offshore or get swallowed up by multinationals. Upon a recent invitation to visit Roband Australia, we discovered this family owned Australian company still made catering and hospitality equipment for the world market here in the northern […]

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Asia Barista Challenge

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Held over 4 days, FHA is one of the biggest shows in South East Asia Food Hotel Asia (FHA) has drawn to a close for 2012, with their next event scheduled for April 2014.  Singapore, in typical fashion, had high occupancy rates both at the show and in the hotel industry, and this year saw […]

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