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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3 min.
one of a kind

The Australian tea industry has been evolving and gaining momentum with new growers winning awards nationally and abroad, year after year. Although colonial Australians have been growing and producing tea since the 19th century, Australia’s true potential as a growing region was only realised around 20 years ago. This was a result of growing demand for green tea in Japan and Japanese companies looking to grow tea during their off season. Together with the Australian Government and the Department of Primary Industries, several test plantations were set up using Japanese tea plants and processing methods. These experimental plantations were very successful. One of the first locations chosen for the original pilot program, due to its ideal climate, was Mangrove Mountain in New South Wales. John Robb, a horticulturist and camellia expert, was the…

3 min.

When thinking of new patterns, animals are an easy and reliable source of inspiration. From cute koalas to majestic eagles, there’s no shortage of unique critters that can make a pattern stand out from the crowd. Not only are there hundreds of animals to base a pattern on, there’s an infinite number of ways they can be realised. You could tell two latte artists to draw you a fish and receive wildly different designs. Think of the hundreds of swans and dozens of butterflies that have flown across latte art competition benches. With its long neck, skinny legs, and distinctive facial features, the giraffe is another animal with endless potential. I presented this pattern at the Australian Specialty Coffee Association 2020 Central Region Pauls Professional Latte Art Championship as part of a Safari Tour…

5 min.
concrete jungle

Just as the world’s viable coffee producing regions are under threat due to climate change, the world’s sand supplies are also diminishing. According to Sand and Sustainability, a study by the United Nations Environment Programme, after water, sand is the most extracted mineral in the world. It is used to produce concrete, glass, and many other essential construction materials, as well as countless other commodities. The report adds that sand extraction is severely underregulated and many operations have a severe impact on marine, coastal, and freshwater ecosystems. Desert sand is too fine to be used in construction, which means a growing strain on coastal stocks. Determined to find an alternative material, two civil engineering students from Melbourne’s RMIT University, Senura Kohombange and Anthony Abiad, as well as their lecturer Dr. Srikanth Venkatesan, have…

2 min.
bridging the gap

“THE KEY IS BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN FARMERS AND CONSUMERS BY HIGHLIGHTING THE UNIQUE AND DESIRABLE FLAVOUR AND AROMA PROFILE OF PNG COFFEE.” Coffee is Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) second largest export behind palm oil. The coffee industry employs approximately three million people and will play a major role in the developing country’s economic future. After PNG gained independence in 1975, many foreign-owned coffee plantations were subsequently abandoned, leaving the local Indigenous population to learn coffee production from the ground up. “Traditionally, coffee production in PNG was handled by plantations. Indigenous members of the community were picking coffee or occasionally processing it, but all the knowledge stayed with the plantation’s owners,” says Will Valverde, Producer Support and Relations Officer at Fairtrade ANZ. Blessed with an ideal climate and soil profile for high-quality coffee, many…

1 min.
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…

6 min.
an accademia for the world

Standing in the entrance to Accademia Del Caffè Espresso, visitors to the centre for espresso excellence could liken the establishment to the Peggy Guggenheim museum with its crisp white interior and artistic displays. But Accademia is not a display of 20th-century European and American art. It’s a symbol of the coffee industry’s past, present, and future. “Welcome to Accademia Del Caffè Espresso,” exclaims Marta Kokosar, General Manager of Accademia del Caffè Espresso at the exclusive media preview following HostMilano 2019. “This is a magical place for everyone to enjoy, dedicated to research, innovation, and exchange of information. Accademia will create value for the entire coffee industry. It was a concept on paper a long time ago, and now we have completed a special place here in Florence that puts the history of…