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General Interest

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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Business Insights

Charles Stephens & Salvatore Savarino

Posted August 19, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

In this issue of Café Culture, we’ve decided to profile two well known coffee industry characters, Charles Stephens and Salvatore Savarino. Both men are from Espresso Company Australia (ECA). I first met Charles over twelve years ago at a dinner during Fine Foods in Sydney, as he was preparing to launch his Famous ECM Giotto into […]

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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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People

Fred Lullfitz

Posted June 8, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

From Chief Sweeping Officer to National Cupping Champion Queensland’s Fred Lullfitz has achieved one of the highest accolades in the coffee industry, winning the 2012 AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association’s (AASCA) Cup Tasters Championship.The 22 year old Di Bella Coffee Qld Accounts Manager had managed to win himself a ticket straight into the finals, after winning […]

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