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The Grounds of Alexandria

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The players behind this amazing business have hit all the right notes, creating a world beating café concept. I had the opportunity to visit this caffeinated project on a few occasions last year as the build took shape, meeting with its developerS Jack Hanna and Ramzey Choker. they took over the site two years ago,  […]

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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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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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Costas Pliatsikas

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Travelling the coffee globe, I get to hang out in some pretty interesting places and meet plenty of inspiring people. On a recent trip to Korea, I spent a few days exploring Seoul with Swedish Barista Champion, Costas Pliatsikas. Costas was visiting Café Show in Seoul, looking to purchase a 25 kg roaster for his […]

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Norfolk Island

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

This is the first article of an occasional series where Randal and Susan Dennings will be interviewing coffee professionals from around the world, to gather their insights on how to savour and enjoy great coffees. The first report comes from Norfolk Island, a mere 3 hours’ flight from Sydney in the Pacific (north of New […]

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Cosimo Libardo – Nuova Simonelli

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

It was a great honour to be present at the preview of the latest technology in espresso machines by Nuova Simonelli of Italy. I had been invited by the national Mocopan Coffee team to meet down in Sydney at their head office and watch the presentation by Nuova Simonelli’s Managing Director, Cosimo Libardo, and WBC Champion […]

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Oh Vienna

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

The hills are alive … but it’s not the sound of music that brings people to Austria in January – it’s the snow! And in early January, it was the snow that took me to Austria. Well, snow and coffee. Having exhausted ourselves on the slopes for 5 days, Habib (Maarbani) and I headed to […]

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Mark Barnett

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

During Café Show in Seoul, Korea, last November, I was fortunate enough to bump into well known coffee machine designer, Mark Barnett from Synesso. Mark was at the event helping his Korean distributors sell the unique potentials of the Synesso espresso machine to the large crowds of excited baristas. The Korean market, like the Australian […]

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Leigh CARMICHAEL.

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

In 2011, the team at Café Culture realised as we were growing so quickly, we needed good people around us at our events – people who understood how we operated and networked with the industry. We put the word out that we needed a ‘roadie’. We’ve had our faithful original roadie/supporter, Matthew O’Brien, since the […]

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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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News from Above

Posted February 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Keeping it Real. Businesses nowadays are continually promoting what they want to be, often paying A-list celebrities to endorse a product they don’t believe in. The problem is, they often don’t live up to their promises and marketing messages. How many times have you seen engaging media campaigns that draw you in to a new […]

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Building your Brand

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

In our ever more complicated and fragmented world, we increasingly use brands as compass points to help guide us through our busy lives. Think about it for a moment: you’ve got a well-deserved Saturday night off and a partner or friend suggests the following options – Hoyts, Hogs Breath, Penfolds Grange or The Wallabies. Now […]

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Meet Sasha McGinley

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Sasha McGinley’s energy and passion for the coffee industry is contagious. Her excitement as she talks at a million miles an hour is a clear indicator that she loves what she does. Add to this an unusual case of a condition termed auto sensory efficiency (basically a condition which gives you heightened senses), and you […]

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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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Morale Boost in Kandahar

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Since January 2010, the Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) detachment have provided support to Australian and International Stabilisation Force troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Recently they suffered significant morale problems, when their automatic coffee machine suffered a catastrophic failure. Flying Officer Brendan Smith decided to investigate the possibilities of acquiring new equipment as quickly as possible […]

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Top end cafe’s

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

I recently jumped at a generous invitation to visit the top end city of Darwin, to report on its growing café scene. Darwin to me has always been known as a beer town, rather than a coffee destination. A lot has changed in the last few years. Sure, Darwin is still a great place to […]

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Barista In Paradise

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

It is very rare that you can walk into a cafe, only to be served coffee by an Australian Barista Champion. It is also even rarer to walk up behind the door of a mobile coffee van and be served a brew by a former Australian Barista Champion and 2 x Queensland Barista Champion! Well, […]

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Amsterdam

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

When asking about the espresso coffee scene in Amsterdam, authorities in Australia and the UK led me to believe that there is no good espresso in Amsterdam. Well, I am here to say, this is simply not so. My local research with a hotel receptionist and hairdresser was more positive. (You can always count on […]

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Cafe Management

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

High street café competition in Sydney’s suburb of Surry Hills is arguably the most intense in Australia, with every major coffee brand being represented within a 400 metre radius. To compete in this market takes more than just a unique café offering – finally it comes down to producing a great coffee. Twenty year industry […]

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Stockholm – The Swedish Coffee Experience

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Café Culture lost their graphic designer Louise Turner to the travelling bug earlier this year. We know she misses us and the coffee … so much so, that she has reported in on her super Swedish coffee experience in Stockholm. After travelling for 8 weeks straight around Europe and seeing a touch of London, I […]

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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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Dimattina Western Australia

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

STORY BY SIMON DIMATTINA I was lucky enough to be born into a coffee family. My dad was one of the early coffee pioneers in Australia. He purchased Mocopan in the 1950s. At that stage, coffee was not a big focus, but as he ran the company for close to 40 years, he developed its progression […]

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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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bel cibo italy

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Italy! Its very name conjures endless images, many of which reflect a culture obsessed with cuisine and coffee.  So when a close friend announced she was getting married by Northern Italy’s Lake Como, we just knew we had to do everything in our power to get there. Fast forward to September 5th and less than 5 hours […]

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Will Priestley

Posted November 9, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Will Priestley is no newcomer to the coffee scene and the art of the barista. At 26 years of age, Will is widely known and respected throughout the industry. He has competed in just about every barista and latte art competition throughout Australia, becoming the Australian Latte Art Champion in 2010 and placing second in […]

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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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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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Eamon Sullivan

Posted November 8, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

It’s been a busy year for the 5 times world record breaking Olympian. In 2011, Cleo magazine announced Eamon as their Bachelor of the Year, he took out first place in Celebrity MasterChef, opened a café in Perth and released his own cookbook. In amongst this, he has been in the pool a bit too. […]

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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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Growing Bananas?

Posted September 5, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

I recently spoke at a conference for banana growers. Youíre thinking, What does Phillip Di Bella know about growing bananas?î Nothing! So why did they ask me to speak? What could I share that would inspire farmers? The answer is PASSION! The importance of passion in work, my own passion for my work, and my […]

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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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Going to Origin: Kona

Posted August 16, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Travelling back to Australia from San Diego, we had planned four days in Hawaii. Our goal? Coffee and volcanoes, staying at Keauhou in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island in the heart of the Kona coffee growing region. At first glance you might think that coffee and volcanoes have little to do with each other, but […]

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Coffee Adventures

Posted August 15, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

“Is this Plaza San Miguel?” “sí señora.” “Oh my god, Mark … are you sure this is it? There’s nothing here … get out and ask someone.” Mark and I had bartered our way from the main square in Guatemala Antigua, to this quaint little town at 5,600 feet above sea level. There were no […]

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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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Sean checks out Vietnam
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Sean in Singapore and Vietnam

Posted August 11, 2011 by Cafe Culture Mag

Off to Asia for a quick week of checking out the café scene in Singapore and Vietnam. I have been travelling up to South East Asia now for the last ten years, and it’s great to see some of my predictions come to fruition in the café market. I have been keeping a keen eye […]

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