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Milk Based Category Winner – Proud Mary

Posted December 10, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

What makes Ghost Rider a Natvia Golden Bean Winner? Proud Mary likes to keep things real; if a coffee tastes good, then why would you want to blend it? Often simple really is better. Ghost Rider has now been awarded the gold in the Natvia Golden Bean Milk Based category two years running, and it […]

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Espresso Category Winner – Code Black Coffee

Posted December 10, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Code Black Coffee is a dedicated specialty coffee roastery in the heart of Brunswick, Victoria which has only been operating since February of this year. The seasonal espresso blend that has taken out this year’s champion espresso category is just as the name says: a blend that rotates with the seasons, meaning the coffees used […]

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Overall Chain/Franchise Winner – Coffee Hit

Posted December 10, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Coffee Hit started as an online coffee store by a group of Melbourne coffee enthusiasts. The concept revolved around sourcing the freshest, best quality coffee available and delivering to coffee lovers all over Australia without them having to leave the home or office. The online ordering service proved to be a massive “hit” and was […]

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Overall Golden Bean Winner – Proud Mary

Posted December 10, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Natvia Golden Bean is awarded to one coffee roaster each year. The awards process for this accolade consists of Australian coffee roasters submitting coffees in both Espresso and Milk Based categories. The total scores for each category are then added together to find the winner. After two years of taking out gold in the […]

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The health conscious consumer

Posted December 8, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Let’s go Paleo! Whilst home-delivered “healthy weight-loss” ready meal programs such as Jenny Craig and Lite n’ Easy have been highly successful and available for many years, the vast majority of casual dining and food-to-go retailers throughout Australia traditionally focus their menu development and operations around well known convenient mass market product categories such as […]

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Point of Difference

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Differentiate from the competition and retain customers During the spring of 1993, a Sydney chef called Hank became Hank’s Jam…well, not literally of course, but that’s when Hank started making his own Rich Orange Marmalade for a handful of breakfast regulars at inner city restaurants and cafés. Word of this tasty new marmalade spread quickly […]

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Specialty Beverage Ideas & Recipes

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

In the last issue of Café Culture Magazine, we discussed Specialty Beverage Menu Development and its role in your business. As mentioned, introducing flavours into your beverage menu is not a sin, but should be viewed as an expansion tool to increase your bottom line profits which, if undertaken correctly and thoughtfully, can significantly raise […]

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Brunetti’s New Ingredient Alignment

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Two of Australia’s most loved food and beverage companies have announced an exciting new venture that will see delicious world-class pastries partnered alongside some of the best coffee in Australia. Iconic specialty coffee company Di Bella Coffee will supply specially crafted, sustainable, high quality coffee to well-known Australian pastry legend Brunetti Café. As part of […]

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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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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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Menu development

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

The most underutilised tool of the trade.  My last discussion was on the topic of specialty beverage and its role in the marketplace. This is the first step in understanding beverage in you business.  The next step is to move away from a reliance on selling the basics and to obtain an understanding of how […]

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2013 World Coffee Championships

Posted July 31, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

This year Australia played host to the World Barista Championships and the World Brewers Cup. This was a huge achievement for the Australiasian Specialty Coffee Association of Australia. Their part in promoting Australia and especially Melbourne to the World Coffee Events entourage in order to secure the events was integral to the outcome. The competitions […]

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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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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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Working together in the cloud

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

So what is the cloud? Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). End users access cloud-based applications through a web browser on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. What are the benefits? Cloud based software provides business with a totally new experience of integration. It […]

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Specialty tea – The inevitable rise of specialty tea

Posted April 26, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

I was once a coffee geek. Unashamedly, my name was Mr Nang, and I was a frequent to the coffee forums. Yes, It’s true. I met at coffee geek meets, worked in some of Melbourne’s leading cafés, travelled to coffee plantations and competed in barista and latte art competitions. I even judged and organised some […]

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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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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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It’s not easy being green

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Sustainability is a hot topic at the moment and business owners and consumers are all trying to do their part. Environmental Impact of Greenwashing  There has been significant growth in the number of products and services that claim to be sustainable, but it’s not easy being green. So instead of reducing the environmental impact of their […]

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Time to Move On

Posted November 30, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

It was two and a half years ago on a sunny April day that I flew into Australia not knowing anyone or what to expect, as I’d never been here before. But I had a plan to change the way Australians treated coffee. At that time, BRITA Professional Water Filtration was not a known brand […]

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From the Streat Corner

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

True stories are often the hardest to swallow. Before we talk about the great coffee and food at STREAT, let me tell you the story of young “Jimmy” – a graduate of STREAT’s hospitality training and life-skills program. Jimmy still feels overwhelmingly sad about the way his mother, father and step-father treated him from early childhood. […]

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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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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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Aussies Win Team Roasting Challenge – Roasters Guild Retreat

Posted August 31, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

By Anne Cooper The annual Roasters Guild Retreat was held this year at the lovely Skamania Lodge at Stevenson just outside Portland. Each year it seems to be getting bigger and bigger with more and more attendees coming from far and wide, including Aussies like myself; Ed Strachan and Yu Yama from Single Origin Roasters […]

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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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Stevia – far from a fad

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Café Culture covered the Stevia story a couple of years ago when the product was first hitting the café market as a serious sweetener, pushing for space with the sugar on the coffee shop table. Although Stevia has been around for many years, our research is now showing that the product has become more widely […]

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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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Beef Masterpieces

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The underrated and underutilised beef Masterpieces are set to wonder Australian chefs once more.  If you could add a new and exciting red meat dish to your menu, would you be interested?  How about a new steak and chips dish or a mouth-watering sandwich with a bold global flavour – do you want to know […]

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What’s in the water?

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

What are you serving/being served in your café today? Since I first arrived in Australia a couple of years ago, I was overwhelmed at what a bunch of fitness freaks I found – that’s a good thing, by the way. I had just moved here from the USA and believe me, the difference in attitudes […]

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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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Take a bite of this

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Bite Size Coffee Treats has a vision of changing the café scene in Australia. Their weapons of change are a range of bite size biscuits, small in size but huge in flavour, to be served by business owners complimentary, on the side of their coffees; the perfect coffee accompaniment, if you will. The concept is […]

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Permeate what?

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Yes, what is the issue with this stuff called Permeate in my milk? Does this additive taste bad, or is it going to give me long-term health issues? The truth is Permeate has been used in milk production for over 20 years in Australia and has been added to milk to ensure sugar and protein […]

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The rumours are true…

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Dean and Paul Slade of Disavè Espresso Equipment Suppliers are excited to announce their recent acquisition of 9Bar Espresso Services! As of August 2012, we welcomed Craig, Jim and the team from 9Bar Espresso Services to our growing company. “Our vision, when we launched Disavè Espresso Equipment Suppliers in 2010, was to create a company that […]

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A fair hearing

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

With the growth in specialty coffee and interest in origins, there have been an increasing number of roasters trading directly with growers. This approach to sourcing coffee is welcomed by Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand, as direct trade is a founding principle of Fairtrade. Fairtrade is underpinned by the promotion of long-term trading relationships and […]

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Running a small business is hard work

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

In tough economic times, it is even harder. Consumers are budget conscious and watching where they’re spending, making businesses work for their money. According to Dun and Bradstreet, the number of small businesses going bankrupt jumped by 48% over the last 12 months, while small business start-ups fell by 95% over the same period. Reasons […]

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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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aasca update

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

News and industry updates from the AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association. With the Australian Barista Championships now completed for 2012, it is a great time to reflect on the Australian specialty coffee industry and its growth in the last few years.This year, Australia elected to bid for the right to host the World Coffee Championships in […]

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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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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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