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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Roasted in WA – Brazil Fazenda Rainha

Country : Brazil City : Pocos de Caldas Region : Mogiana (Minas Gerais) Variety : Yellow Bourbon Process : Pulped Natural Cup Profile : Complex and bright with lovely honey sweetness and notes of cherries and dark chocolate. The Fazenda Rainha was a finalist in the Cup of Excellence editions : 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (Cup of

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Prima Tazza strikes Gold!

In 1998 we started roasting our Prima Tazza blend as our preferred blend for the cafes and restaurants we supply. Lino first roasted it on a reconditioned 30kg Probat Roaster. He carefully selected 4 origins and combined them to produce a coffee we were proud to present to restaurants and cafes as our “Prima Tazza

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