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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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The New Fair Trade

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The New Fair Trade – building relationships and generating a trust between the parties is the new Fair Trade; we call this “Relationship Coffees”. Fair Trade became a viable solution when coffee prices were in a low. Now that this is not the case, Fair Trade has become the norm when trading with high-end specialty coffee; […]

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The India Origin Tour

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Win a trip to India Thanks to Equal Are you Australia’s favourite barista? Sign up at www.mycoffeemybarista.com.ay One of the great things about our business is that we occasionally get the opportunity to visit a coffee growing region in some exotic location in the world. A big thank you to the Rubiaceae family for making […]

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Toby’s Estate in New York

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Toby Smith opened his first coffee shop in Sydney 15 years ago. 15 years later, and it’s not just another coffee shop in Sydney – or even Australia for that matter. No, sights set high, Toby has gone to the USA and into a suburb of New York called Williamsburg. If you’ve never been to New […]

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Coffee in the Capital

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The ACT has put themselves on the coffee map after the Ona Coffee sponsored ACT team shook up the Da Vinci State of Origin, beating all states in last year’s heats and coming a nail-biting second to Victoria in the grand final. The coffee industry commonly speaks of the way coffee appreciation has hit in […]

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Publishers Note

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Yes, my passport is running out of pages … with a few new countries being stamped in my little blue book. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Café Show in Seoul, Korea, in November, as a guest speaker of Coffee Magazine Korea and Proaster Coffee Roasters. I found the Korean café industry has amazing service […]

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Business Insights

Social Media

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

A year or two ago, it may have been easy to dismiss social media as a mere fad, but when over 10 million Australians now use Facebook each month*, social media can no longer be ignored. It’s an important tool in your communications mix and an effective way to connect and gain feedback from your […]

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Designing for the Herd

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

As David Attenborough might say, animals feel most comfortable in their natural habitats. People are the same, and that’s why interior design is vital to the success of cafés. A successful design can mean very different things for a café owner and a café user. For the café owner, the number one aim is to maximise […]

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Disposable vs Re-usable

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Is it more environmentally friendly to drink from a disposable paper cup, or to drink from a mug and then use a dishwasher to clean it? At first glance, the answer seems obvious. In a world of 7 billion people and growing, surely a reusable cup is the only viable option. However, once you begin […]

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Water for Coffee

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

I work for BRITA Professional, a division of BRITA GmbH. So why am I a guy you should be listening to with regards to water or coffee? It is many years ago now that I left school to train as a chef, after which I moved into hotel and wine management. After a few years, […]

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Direct Trade: Another Piece in the Puzzle – ONA Coffee

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The Golden Bean is being recognised more and more as an excellent opportunity for roasters across Australia to meet, share ideas and learn from each other. An obvious trend at the 2011 event was apparent, with many of the medal winning roasters using coffee beans sourced through direct trade with coffee farmers around the world. […]

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Cultured Gossip

Korea Cafe Show

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

It was a trip into the unknown for me. I was personally feeling a little nervous about the project I’d been asked to perform by my good friends from Taehwan Automation, who build the popular Proaster coffee roasters. Nevertheless, I was on my way to Korea to speak about emerging trends in the café marketplace […]

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Books

Barista Techniques – Second Edition

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

In 2003, Barista Techniques began its life as a set of training notes, which in 2005 evolved into the first edition of the book, Barista Techniques. As a result of its popularity and the demand for a comprehensive barista training resource, it was reprinted five times between 2005 and 2010. At the reprint stages, the […]

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Business Insights

The DC Laundry

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

By the time this year’s Café Biz rolls around, Ducale Coffee’s latest commitment to the Sydney coffee scene, ‘The DC laundry’ in Potts Point, will be open for business. It’s not a café, it’s not a roasting plant, and it’s not a show room. It’s a space Ducale have created for the individual to explore […]

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THE COFFEE CLUB ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLANS

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Australia’s largest and fastest growing coffee shop chain, The Coffee Club, is announcing significant expansion plans on the back of excellent growth levels in 2011. The company is aiming to open a new store every fortnight for the next five years and is targeting 500 stores by 2020. The Coffee Club 2011 growth: • The […]

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9Bar hits Adelaide

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

It’s an exciting time for the South Australian coffee community, with 9Bar Espresso Services opening its doors in Adelaide. February 1, 2012 saw the launching of a retail outlet and ‘on road’ technicians, ready for domestic and commercial trade. Bill Comley, former President Of AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association, heads up the SA branch, setting 9Bar […]

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Business Insights

Art of Coffee

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Art of Coffee, a new iPhone and iPod Touch app aimed at anyone from the home barista to the industry professional, promises to outline the ‘how to’ of latte art. More than 30 designs are included, using both etching and free pouring techniques. The app is a comprehensive latte art trainer, with three platforms to […]

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Business Insights

Human Error

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Today’s highly compliant and fast moving business environment has created some major exposures. In the past, risk was measured on the probability of natural disasters or a one-in-five-hundred possibility of a serious accident. The current focus, however, is on fines and penalties against companies breaching the law, theft or fraud by people in positions of […]

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The Recycle Challenge

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

A common reaction to the excessive use of disposable coffee cups is: “Why don’t we just recycle them all?” To meet the demands of liquid portability, the simple paper cup is not just made out of paper; the paper is coated with plastic to make it waterproof. Disposable paper cups are made of about 95% […]

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General Interest

Da Vinci Supporting Up and Coming Baristas

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

DaVinci Gourmet is renowned for its support of the coffee industry and the talented barista … As part of this support, I have been travelling around doing quite a bit of judging for a variety of different sectors within this same industry. For a number of years now, I have been judging regional, state and […]

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The Cold Drip

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

STORY BY JACK SCHEEREN A few years ago when the Roast and Ground coffee industry told us that coffee should be drunk at 65, not 75 degrees, I don’t think anyone would have ever thought that we would one day be drinking it at 4 degrees. At ONA Coffee we are always looking for something […]

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Get the Pressure On

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

STORY BY ANDY FREEMAN www.coffeesnobs.com.au In the last couple of years, the buzz words in the pointy-end espresso market have been ‘pressure profiling’, but what is it and how does it make espresso better? Slayer, La Marzocco, Cimbali and others are producing machines heading towards a $30,000 price tag, and all of the companies are […]

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The Q Fuss

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

STORY BY INSTAURATOR Managing Director – Coffee Logic International. Around the world, Australia and New Zealand are recognised as world leaders in the espresso realm – quite an achievement for two continents located roughly 12,630 kilometres from coffee’s original birth place in Ethiopia. However, this shouldn’t be all too surprising, as there are two things […]

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Coffee Chemistry

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Welcome back. In Part I of this series, we discussed some of coffee’s chemical makeup and its role in developing coffee’s flavour. This time, we’ll briefly discuss a few key components and take a brief journey to explore their role in flavour. COFFEE ROASTING AND AROMA DEVELOPMENT. Although roasted coffee contains over 1,000 compounds, the […]

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Coffee Consistency

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

STORY BY MARK BEATTIE COFFEE ROASTERS AUSTRALIA One of the biggest frustrations I hear from roasters, distributors, retailers and end consumers is: “Why does my coffee taste different? I’ve roasted the same beans with the same profile, or I’ve ordered the same blend, yet it tastes different”. I am sure everyone reading this will empathise […]

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Cafe Culture… more than just a magazine

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

After ten years of involvement in the media business, running an industry trade magazine, a café and coffee trade events, it has been very exciting to see the industry and its players grow around us. As the industry grows and new competition enters the arena, we continue to evaluate our business philosophy and market position, […]

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Cultured Gossip

Hudsons Coffee Best Baristas

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Hudsons Coffee has named its best barista and bean team! Yijun Yuan, from the Melbourne Central store, is the National Champion of the 2011 Hudsons Coffee Barista Competition; and husband and wife team, Adam and Allison DeVries, are the Bean Team winners. After months of gruelling heats, the top three competitors from across the country […]

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Australian Named World’s Best Sandwich Designer

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Matt Wilkinson, co-owner of Pope Joan in Melbourne, is the undisputed winner of the title of world’s best sandwich maker at the World Sandwichship, which was held at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival 2011. The World Sandwichship Competition consisted of a one hour round, where the participants […]

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Cultured Gossip

Disave’s New Factory

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

What better way to top off a successful, stressful and busy 12 months for Disavè Espresso Equipment Suppliers than moving locations! After many weeks working 16+ hour days, Dean, Paul and the team at Disavè have finally moved into their spacious new factory and showroom, conveniently located in Dandenong South. “We are very excited to […]

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Blog

Building economic pressures with Phillip DiBella

Posted November 8, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

With building economic pressures, these days people are much more discerning about where they spend their money. Great news for bank balances … bad news for retailers.  With a lot of people scaling back their lifestyles and spending less on dining out, we need to start thinking: when a customer does walk into your café, […]

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Ducale Coffee

Posted September 10, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Winning the gold medal in the Single Origin category at the 2010/11 CSR Sugar Golden Bean Coffee Roaster Competition has shone a spotlight on the Ducale Coffee brand. This is exactly what General Manager Henri Kalisse was planning as part of the Ducale transformation from its traditional Italian coffee roots to a driving force in […]

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The Koto Project

Posted September 10, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Many children as young as ten were selling wares like postcards and chewing gum to support their large family units. Many of these children he talked to had come from poor rural areas by themselves to seek work in the busy city of Hanoi. Jimmy straight away had a vision of how he could turn […]

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Business Insights

What’s Become of Cafe Culture

Posted August 16, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

For many, good coffee is a luxury we like to treat ourselves to on a daily basis. Founder and owner of Numero Uno Coffee Roasters, Gina Di Brita is a proud and passionate female figurehead. Numero Uno has a strong vision. Since 2003, Gina has been ticking all the right boxes when it comes to […]

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Beans for Syphons

Posted August 16, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

There is no denying that when it comes to coffee in Australia, espresso as an extraction method still reigns supreme. However, there is a growing trend for cafés with passion and vision to include alternative brewing methods as part of their coffee offerings, adding some ‘theatre’, increasing customer interaction with the baristas, and giving them […]

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Microlots

Posted August 15, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Everybody is talking about the Geisha Coffee. It recently auctioned in the Best of Panama Competition for USD $111.5/Lb, which is probably the highest price ever paid for a coffee. Geisha or Gesha is a varietal of the Arabica tree. It is recognised by its elongated coffee berries, compared to the normal and well known […]

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Coffee Chemistry

Posted August 15, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Every day, millions of people around the world begin their day religiously with a morning cup of coffee. Although today we easily identify coffee in its beverage form, it wasn’t always this way in the beginning. Throughout history, coffee has taken on several physical transformations, initially serving as an energy source when nomadic tribes combined […]

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Barista Competitions

Posted August 15, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Craig Dickson, CEO at Veneziano Coffee, has always had a passionate desire to learn about coffee, and he also encourages employees to educate themselves as much and as often as possible. His philosophy has led to Veneziano Coffee providing competition training and support to many of Australia’s best known and awarded baristas. As a specialty […]

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