Coffee with a View – WA

As we all know, there is more to the café dining experience than just great food and coffee; often the ambience of our surroundings plays an equally important role in how much we enjoy ourselves.  In Western Australia we are extremely lucky to have such an idyllic setting on our doorstep and perhaps even luckier

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Espresso Myths

In the coffee industry we are always learning.  If you ever meet a barista who says they know it all they are either lying or they are kidding themselves; coffee is a complex and constantly evolving product that, even after hundreds of years, we still don’t fully understand.  When it comes to Australia’s favourite brew

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Bellota Wine Bar – VIC

181 Bank St, South Melbourne 3205 From the partners behind the iconic South Melbourne Prince Wine store, comes another extension known as the Bellota Wine Bar.  Since opening in 2013, the Bellota Wine Bar has been a showcase to a selection of great wines that customers no longer have to take home to enjoy. Bellota

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Dimattina Coffee Juria plants in Bedugul

Dimattina Coffee’s Bali, Indonesia coffee plantation continues to grow. Last year Dimattina Coffee Asia, under the guidance of CEO Paul Saccone, planted its first coffee seedlings in Bedugul. This is a dormant volcanic area surrounding Bali’s second-highest mountain, Mt. Batukaru 2,276 m. The local Balinese worship Batukaru and the area has a temple. The Juria coffee

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Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2015

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (or MICE) is to coffee professionals and hipsters what Mecca is to Muslims; a holy pilgrimage to a city renowned the world over for its art, culture and of course coffee.  Melbourne is truly the perfect setting for an event such as MICE. Down every graffiti encrusted alleyway you are

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Cold Brew Coffee!

Normally when we think of cold coffee we have two things in mind; that half-finished mug of coffee that was set down half an hour ago and forgotten about or, of course, iced coffee (often with ice-cream and milk). Well now there is an alternative to beat the summer heat that tastes amazing and doesn’t

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La Jacoba – The Revolutionary Coffee of Colombia

Talking coffee with Mauricio Velasquez is a bit like talking politics with Che Guevara; his passion for the organisation he represents is radical and unparalleled. Mauricio is, in many ways, a revolutionary of the coffee trade. A Colombian national, he has seen his fair share of instability and inequity. No doubt this has been one

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Nicaragua: A Rich Poor Country

After four separate flights and several sleepless nights, the dim glow of Managua on the horizon was the most inviting sight Joe and I had ever seen. We arrived late at night and the heat of the day was still lingering in the night air… Nicaragua, for those who don’t know, is a steamy country

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Gourmet Escape 2012

We were lucky enough to spend last weekend at the magnificent Leeuwin Estate Winery as part of the inaugural fine food and wine event – Gourmet Escape. I love the Margaret River region, with it’s awesome beaches and great wineries it’s one of my favourite places to spend time, so I jumped at the chance

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Mercanta and London School of Coffee

Travelling across to Europe with the family, London would be our last stop. I was returning to my place of birth and one of the largest, most revered cities in the world. It would be a chance to catch up with friends and family and the first time my kids would get a chance to

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