BeanScene April 2019

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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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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. Rebecca Zentveld is the Creative Director of Zentveld’s Coffee. Rebecca established her own coffee roastery at age 24 when, with her partner John, she moved from Melbourne back to the Zentveld family coffee plantation in the hills behind Byron Bay. After 24 years, Rebecca likes to consider Zentveld’s as an Australian coffee specialist. It grows, buys, and roasts sustainable,…

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it’s coming back

Back in 2013 I was a young, fresh-out-of-uni journalist intrigued by this industry called coffee. Before long I was introduced to the concept of barista competitions, an experience best described to me as ‘the Olympics of coffee’. I remember my first World Barista Championship (WBC) in Melbourne with the fondest of memories: grandstands filled to the brim with spectators, emcee Stephen Leighton in a red bowler hat and matching suit, and the national flags of competing baristas hanging high from the ceiling of the Melbourne Showgrounds. It was electric. I would arrive at the host venue early just to support the first scheduled baristas who wouldn’t get the benefit of a full crowd. For this reason, baristas like former Italian Barista Champion Francesco Sanapo and I became friends. You can only…

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celeste norris named barista of choice on first national barista day

Celeste Norris of Good 2 Go café on Melbourne’s Hosier Lane has been named Australia’s Barista of Choice on the inaugural National Barista Day. Taking place 1 March, National Barista Day was created by www.BaristasforBaristas.com and Almond Breeze Barista Blend to recognise the people who are keeping Australia’s coffee scene thriving. “To be crowned Australia’s first Barista of Choice is just incredible. Being a barista is more than a job for me as it enables me to use my passion to teach people valuable skills to improve their lives,” Celeste says. National Barista Day received more than 2000 nominations recognising outstanding baristas from all over the country. Celeste works with the vulnerable population of Melbourne and manages Good 2 Go café down Hosier Lane. She mentors young people through a 12-week program, teaching them the…

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former world barista champion pete licata joins nomad coffee group

Nomad Coffee Group has announced that 2013 World Barista Champion Pete Licata will join its team as Research and Development Coffee Consultant. United-States-born Pete will make the permanent move to Australia with a clear goal of championing and deepening the coffee culture, knowledge, and passion across Nomad Coffee Group’s three brands: Veneziano Coffee Roasters, Coffee Hit, and Black Bag Roasters. “I’m excited to formally become part of the Nomad Coffee Group team, having been unofficially part of the Veneziano team for many years. We share mutual values of knowledge sharing and continued curiosity, and I’m excited at what we can achieve and discover by joining forces,” Pete says. Pete will act as the group’s internal coffee consultant and lead its research and development team. He will be responsible for mentoring and motivating coffee talent…

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cafesmart announces 2019 date

The coffee community is set to reunite once again with StreetSmart Australia’s annual CafeSmart campaign to help combat homelessness taking place on 9 August 2019. Participating cafés will donate $1 from every coffee sold, directly supporting smaller grassroots homeless charities. This year the company is launching a new initiative, CafeSmart in the workplace, enabling workplaces to get involved during the CafeSmart week. Workplaces can donate personally to the cause every time an employee purchases a coffee. CafeSmart aims to help break the mould of prejudice surrounding homelessness and works to support those at risk or who are homeless. Excluding donations, StreetSmart has raised $5 million since commencing in 2003, and personally funded 1823 projects for 605 organisations. For more information, visit www.streetsmartaustralia.org/cafesmart…

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jibbi little wins milklab barista battle series final

Jibbi Little of Jibbijug in New South Wales has won an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam in the final of the Milklab Barista Battle Series at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on 8 February. Andy Tseng of Darkstar Coffee in Western Australia placed second, Roberth Villanueva of Art Roberth Studios placed third, and Corey Williams of West End Coffee Society placed fourth in the competition final. Jibbi attributes her win to her adaptability and experience using alternative milk. “You need to know how to pour with dairy-free milk. [For instance,] you cannot start drawing your patterns too early. You also need to pour in a thin line. If you [don’t], the milk will break the crema,” Jibbi says. “I’ve found Milklab is good for latte art. You don’t need to froth…