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Reduce Reuse Recycle and reap the rewards

Posted March 26, 2014 by Cafe Culture Mag

There are three easy ways to cut down your waste that can make a big difference to the amount that ends up in landfill. These are known as the ‘Three Rs’ – reduce, reuse and recycle. As a café owner, there are ways to apply the mantra to your business – and in the process […]

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Cafe Success

Posted December 4, 2013 by Cafe Culture Mag

Sustainability and Longevity A couple of years ago I wrote an article (Café Culture Magazine issue 25) about an experiment I did. I took over a coffee shop to see if I could improve sales with what I thought were the key principles in a successful coffee business. In the three months that I had […]

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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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Everyone is entitled to have an opinion

Posted June 9, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Everyone is entitled to have an opinion; it’s the way you voice this opinion that can either be constructive or destructive. It seems in the age of social media and blogging reviews that there is no shortage of critics, where more often than not the blogger extends a negative review about their experiences. The damage […]

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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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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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Direct Trade: Veneziano Coffee Roasters

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

Direct trade is a term associated with current coffee buzz words, but what does it really mean? In short, it’s about cutting out the middleman and providing the grower and the roaster with direct access to one other, opening up clear communication so farmers understand what the roaster is looking to purchase. Veneziano Coffee Roasters […]

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Coffee Varietals

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

With wine, we think of ordering by a specific variety alongside its origin. With coffee, I believe this will also eventually happen. The more we dig into where the coffee industry is heading, the more convinced I am that we are closely following the wine industry. The cup characteristics of coffee are not only determined […]

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Innovations in Milk

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cafe Culture Mag

From its beginnings as a co-operative of dairy farmers in 1950, Murray Goulburn has grown to become Australia’s largest processor of milk and the nation’s largest exporter of processed food. Continuing its long history of supplying innovative products to Australia’s foodservice sector, in 2009 Murray Goulburn Foodservice Division joined forces with TetraPak to commission Focus […]

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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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