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Cultured Gossip

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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Business Insights

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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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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General Interest

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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