BeanScene June 2019

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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For the June edition of BeanScene, it was straight to one of Campos Coffee’s flagship Sydney venues to celebrate the company’s contribution to the Cup of Excellence (COE) program and the many coffees that ‘sparkle on the table’ (see page 36). For the past 10 years, Campos Coffee has invested over $2 million in purchasing COE coffees to reward the farmers that put so much effort into producing specialty coffees and showcasing the true value of high-grade coffees to its customers. In honour of the company’s leading position as one of the program’s greatest buyers and Australian advocate, there seemed no better time to feature the number two winning Colombian COE coffee from Linarco Rodriguez Ospina on the cover, a coffee that will be available to Campos customers from 24 June. “Linarco…


Dr Monika Fekete is a chemical scientist with a passion for coffee. She is the Founder of Coffee Science Lab, Australia’s first independent scientific coffee consultancy. She has collaborated with innovative coffee companies, roasters, and competition baristas, helping them underpin coffee research and development projects with solid scientific principles. Monika regularly hosts workshops around putting coffee science to practice. She also works for the Department of Food and Agriculture Innovation at Monash University. Kyle Rutten is the National Training Manager for Suntory and Mocopan Coffee Australia. He has extensive experience in training and development, and people management. Kyle has a strong background in specialty coffee with a focus on bringing that expertise into the corporate coffee industry. He is passionate about developing people through knowledge and experience to further their careers. Rawirat…

family ties

Boston holds a special place in my heart. As cold as it was on arrival for the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Expo in April, the warmth was felt in the city’s people, landmarks, coffee shops, and classic New England clam chowder. One of the things I love about international travel is the feeling of belonging to a particular family, not related by blood but nationality – or in this case, the industry of coffee. It’s rare you get to catch up with some of the people you interview and email constantly throughout the year. So for me, Boston was not only a chance to explore the new innovations at the SCA expo and watch the World Coffee Championships, it was an opportunity to unite with my extended coffee family – baristas,…

danny wilson of ona coffee wins asca 2019 monin australian cigs championship

Danny Wilson has won the 2019 Australian Coffee in Good Spirits (CIGS) Championship, his second Australian CIGS title in a row, at Manly Spirits Co Distillery in New South Wales on 2 May. Tristan Clark of Soul Origin placed second and William O’Neill of Molly Bar placed third in the Australian Specialty Coffee Association and Monin hosted event. The competition saw eight of Australia’s best baristas turn their skills to cocktails as they competed for a spot at the World CIGS Championship in Germany from 6 to 8 June. In the competition, the mixologists produced two Irish coffees and two coffee-and-alcohol-based designer drinks. For his designer cocktail, Danny served a twist on a classic Manhattan cocktail, which he named the Cafe Manhattan. He says that inspiration for this cocktail came from competing in the…

matthew lewin represents australia in world barista championship

Matthew Lewin went into the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC) with his head held high, routine prepared, and ready to share his ideas with a global audience. The Ona Coffee Barista Trainer finished the WBC preliminary round in first place, with the highest scoring espresso in the world and second highest signature drink. Unfortunately, Matt’s WBC campaign came to a close in the semi-finals, placing 11th in the competition. “I had three very connected courses tied closely to my concept that proved to be very approachable yet rewarded highly. But on the day, you have to make a couple of decisions and if you don’t execute them perfectly, it can impact your end result,” Matt tells BeanScene. “I got feedback from the judges and it ended up being a few tiny things that…

coffee prices reach lowest point in more than a decade

In April 2019, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) composite indicator fell by 3.2 per cent to 94.42 US cents per pound, the lowest monthly average since July 2006 when the price reached 88.57 US cents per pound. The daily price fell to 91.79 US cents per pound on 17 April, the lowest it had been since 1 August 2006 when it hit 88.77 US cents per pound. “International coffee prices have been falling since 2016, with the ICO composite indicator breaking through the US$1 per pound mark in September 2018,” ICO Senior Economist Christoph Sänger tells Global Coffee Report. “Since then, the market has remained broadly at this level, which is almost 30 per cent below the average coffee price over the past decade. This is bad news for farmers around the world. “Low…