BeanScene December 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

The December covershoot of BeanScene is special in more ways than one. It was the first time the team had been inside a café to conduct an in-person shoot since April thanks to the Victorian lockdown. To mark the occasion, we visited Affinity on Errol in North Melbourne. “What a great way to conclude the last edition of BeanScene for the year by honouring Melbourne’s café owners and small businesses in particular. There was a real buzz at Affinity On Errol,” says BeanScene Editor Sarah Baker. “The coffee is delicious, the food is next level, and the vibe owners Linda Chen and Jessica Bee bring to the table is why I love Melbourne cafés so much.” Linda and Jessica took ownership of the venue in August 2019. Linda was working long hours…


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…

the year that was

This year, I got used to the sound of silence. As the city of Melbourne went into lockdown, there was less traffic, less people, and less chatter on the streets, as businesses closed and faces became hidden by a piece of material. Hospitality businesses did everything they could to survive, ticking off this year’s most used and hated words: social distancing, sanitising, pivoting, and unmuting. Did I mention this year was “unprecedented?” Call it what you will, but it was tough, extremely tough. Around the country, life resumed to ‘COVID normal’ in the north and west, while regional cafés and suburban regions saw coffee volumes increase and retail sales rise thanks to consumers working from home. Supermarket shelves expanded their coffee offerings, and more people invested in equipment to become their own…


YEAR OF FIRSTS FOR COLOMBIA AND PERU CUP OF EXCELLENCE Eighteen of the 24 winners in the 2020 Colombia Cup of Excellence were first time participants in the coffee quality competition, including the first placed Feilpe Henao Triana of the Antioquia region. His Chiroso variety coffee, from Los Tres Mosqueteros farm, scored 90.03 points and earned the competition’s only Presidential Award. “I still can’t believe it. I was already happy with the fact that we managed to be in the international round and I’m so grateful to God, my family, my wife and my children,” says Felipe. The awards were live streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram with producers waiting to hear the results while Colombian coffee supporters tuned in around the world. The winners represent five regions and nine varieties. Three coffees were washed…

stuff on the scene

COFFEE BY COOPS Introducing a specially curated retail collection by coffee roasting consultant and educator Anne Cooper, aka Roastress Coops. Often asked by roasters, “where can I taste your coffee?”, Anne was prompted to produce her own retail product for roasters to taste, enjoy, and learn from. Launching soon, this retail product is about much more than fancy packaging – it’s about sharing Anne’s roasting knowledge and philosophies as an educator and consultant. Each specially curated roasted product comes with roasting machine specs, green bean properties and measurements, detailed roast profile information with reasoning and data, and roast colour measurements. Brewing recommendations, tasting notes, and links to educational video content are also available. With this collection, Anne offers her experience, roasting approach, skill, knowledge, and understanding, so that roasters and enthusiasts alike can taste, learn…

coffee hero

Winning the World Barista Championship (WBC) seems like a dream for many, but for Sasa Sestic of Ona Coffee, it was one he was determined would come true. “Coffee competitions have definitely helped me push myself, in depth, to find the reason why I love coffee,” says the 2015 World Barista Champion. “I started competing in 2008 in the Australian Capital Territory. In the first year, I didn’t make it to nationals. I then won in the ACT three years in a row, going to nationals, competing at that level, and not making it to the finals. By going to nationals and being involved, even if I didn’t get the placement I was hoping for, at least I could learn from my colleagues and taste the best coffees in the countries from…