BeanScene February 2020

BeanScene is Australia’s world-class coffee magazine. Not simply one for industry insiders, BeanScene caters for coffee aficionados who love what ‘coffee culture’ contributes to everyday life and leisure pursuits. Packed with fascinating barista profiles, inspiring feature articles and tantalising coffee reviews, BeanScene is a must-read for coffee lovers in Australia.

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beanscene covershoot

Welcome to the first edition of BeanScene for 2020. This year is already shaping up to be one of the most eventful yet for the Australian coffee industry, with the coffee world coming Down Under in May for the 2020 World Barista and Brewers Cup Championships and Melbourne International Coffee Expo. The event will be a time showcase new and emerging trends in the commercial and domestic coffee industry, as the accessibility to specialty coffee continues to spread. One such machine that has the domestic coffee machine talking is the successor to the iconic Rancilio Silvia model, the Silvia Pro. Combining the classic look and feel of the Silvia with advancements in coffee technology, BeanScene Editor Sarah Baker says it had been years since a domestic coffee machine graced the cover of…


Kieran Westlake is the current President, past Treasurer, and past Vice-President of the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA), Australia’s peak industry body dedicated to promoting and growing the specialty coffee industry. In his role, Kieran is excited to create opportunities and pathways for ASCA members. He is also a member of the Specialty Coffee Association, and a certified food service professional. Babin Gurung is the Suntory Coffee New South Wales Barista Trainer. With a Masters degree in accounting from the University of Southern Queensland, the only numbers Babin crunches these days are extraction and dose times. He came to Australia from Nepal 11 years ago to study, fell in love with coffee, and hasn’t looked back. Babin has worked at many different cafés in Sydney, and now enjoys sharing his coffee…

united in tragedy

As the clock stroke midnight on 31 December 2019, many Australians were not celebrating. They weren’t out with friends drinking espresso martinis to toast the new year. They were defending their properties, livestock, and lives as fires ravaged our sunburnt country and the dry conditions created the perfect red carpet entrance to thousands of people’s new year nightmare. I looked outside as Melbourne’s blue skies turned to grey smoke haze, and monitored the country towns that had been a holiday sanctuary since I was a child, now ablaze and under threat. At the time of print, 5.9 million hectares of towns, cities, national parks, and bushland are destroyed, 19 people died, and around one billion animals were killed. Words can’t comprehend the devastation to the lives, homes, and wildlife we have lost,…

cafesmart raises more than $200k in 2019

The annual CafeSmart campaign has raised more than $200,000 in 2019. StreetSmart Australia created CafeSmart to unite the coffee community to combat homelessness. Around 800 cafés participated in this year’s campaign by donating $1 per coffee sold on 9 August. With $203,070 of funding going to 173 organisations in 2019, CafeSmart’s total tally has been taken to $1.2 million since the campaign began. Single O won the National Roaster Champion award after recruiting 83 of its wholesale customers to join the initiative. Five Senses Coffee Roasters was runner-up and Allpress, Padre, and Campos Coffee rounded out the top five. Single O in Surry Hills, New South Wales, was also crowned the National Fundraising Champion after raising more than $2300 during the campaign. It was the café’s ninth year of involvement in CafeSmart. Kwik Koffee Busselton…

ziggy varamulia defends asca western region barista championship title

Ziggy Varamulia of Arlo by Mo has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2020 Vitasoy Western Region Barista Championship for the second year running. Matt Goncalves of Merchant & Maker placed second and Lena Richrath of Five Senses Coffee placed third in the competition, which took place at Optus Stadium in Perth from 16 to 17 of November. “[Barista competitions are] difficult, time consuming, and draining, but I want to share the stories of people who have dedicated their lives to coffee. There’s surely no better feeling than standing in front of the judges and the crowd and telling that story for everyone to hear,” Ziggy says. “I’m a bit calmer this year and just want to keep the focus – with nationals looming and then the World Barista Championship in May,…

australian coffee championships head to adelaide

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Condesa Co Lab 2020 Australian Coffee Championships will take place at Tasting Australia in Adelaide from 27 to 30 March. The event will include the Vitasoy Barista Championship, Pauls Professional Latte Art Championship, Brewers Cup, TCX Cup Tasters Championship, Monin Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, and Monin Coffee Chain Challenge. “With the excitement of the World Barista Championship coming back to Australian shores, hosted again at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), the ASCA board has had to ask, ‘where will the Australian National Championships be held in 2020?’” ASCA President Kieran Westlake says. “Ultimately, we saw this as an excellent opportunity to take the nationals outside of Melbourne for the first time in recent memory, to engage with other markets, and provide a renewed and reinvigorated…