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Melbourne, Australia qualifies for a top coffee book, so where’s SF’s?

Posted by TheShot on 11 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

We’ve posted before about Melbourne’s claim as the coffee capital of Australia. In addition to the Melbourne Coffee Review Web site we noted back in 2007 (in operation since 2004), there is now a printed guide to Melbourne’s top 100 coffee shops with the title Melbourne Coffee Review: Crema of the crop – Epicure – […]

Starbucks unveils new strategy in Australia: “Sell that #$%@ to the tourists”

Posted by TheShot on 29 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

We’ve long made it a policy to not cover superfluous news stories on Starbucks here because, well, they’ve long been irrelevant to quality coffee. But here’s one from Down Under today that is: Starbucks to close 61 Australian stores, cut 685 jobs | The Daily Telegraph. Now we like looking for the hidden story behind […]

Say It Ain’t So, Australia: Caffeine connoisseurs say lattes are the cream of the crop

Posted by TheShot on 13 May 2008 | Filed under: Add Milk, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

The truth is out. What do die hard coffee drinkers in coffee-obsessed Australia really order?: Caffeine connoisseurs say lattes are the cream of the crop | Herald Sun. Yes, it’s the boorish latte. (And written by a boorish reporter: “Caffeine connoisseurs”?!? It’s been a while since we’ve seen the tiresome caffeine riff.) Of course we’re […]

Sydney: The Rocks Aroma Festival 2007

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

One of the better espresso-themed events the world over is Sydney’s annual Aroma Coffee Festival at The Rocks, which will take place this year on Sunday, July 22: The Rocks – Sydney – Things to do in Sydney at The Rocks > What’s On at The Rocks > Aroma_Festival. OK, so they’ve since fattened up […]

Melbourne: Australia’s capital of coffee culture?

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

While we’re on the subject of international coffee, today’s The Hindu (India… and I guess quite obviously so) published an article documenting Melbourne, Australia’s claim to be at the heart of that nation’s coffee culture: The Hindu : Magazine / Columns : Coffee anyone?. Melbourne has a pretty strong case. They have a rich coffee […]

Self-heating coffee launched in Australia

Posted by TheShot on 29 May 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

In case liquid coffee extracts didn’t whet your coffee appetite, maybe instant self-heating coffee in a can will: Self-heating coffee launched in Australia > FOODweek Online > Main Features Page. Per the product description: To heat the coffee, the canister is tipped upside down and the tamper-proof seal is removed. An activation button is found […]

Melbourne, Australia: Five word coffee shop reviews

Posted by TheShot on 03 May 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

CoffeeRatings.com was inspired by the importance of a scientific approach towards developing comparative reviews of espresso. But this somewhat clinical approach can at times take a little of the joy out of the espresso-sipping experience. Which is why I am oddly inspired by the purely linguistic constraints imposed by a Melbourne, Australia blogger: Five word […]

Oxfam coffee ‘harms’ poor farmers

Posted by TheShot on 27 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Need any more evidence that Fair Trade coffee isn’t unquestionably the “right thing to do” when it comes to poverty and the world’s coffee growers? Today’s The Australian reported on two Melbourne academics who have lodged formal complaints against Oxfam Australia, which oversees Australian Fair Trade certification, challenging that Fair Trade doesn’t achieve what it […]

Color-changing Lids: Aussie Invention Ready to ‘Wow’ U.S. Coffee Drinkers

Posted by TheShot on 25 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

In today’s news, Australian inventors secured an international licensing agreement that stands to revolutionize one of my least favorite subjects: to-go coffee (Aussie Invention Ready to ‘Wow’ U.S. Coffee Drinkers – QSR Magazine). With the introduction of new, temperature-sensitive coffee lids, apparently McDonald’s customers can now be entertained by a show of colors before they […]

Australia: Coffee industry experts spill the beans on baristas

Posted by TheShot on 04 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

The meteoric growth in consumer demand for espresso has placed immense downward pressure on the skills of the average barista. Many coffee retailers (most notably Starbucks) have responded to this gap between supply and demand by introducing more automated machines and processes, enabling them to hire a wider availability of less skilled workers at lower […]

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