Sasa Sestic of Australia Wins The 2015 World Barista Championship

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Sasa Sestic, a coffee professional, green buyer, and barista from Canberra, Australia, has won the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, Washington. The event took place over four days in conjunction with the SCAA Event trade show, attended by many thousands of coffee lovers from around the globe. Mr. Sestic won the WBC on behalf of Ona … [Read more...]

Platform Melbourne: A Good Wine Was Had By All

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The 2015 Melbourne International Coffee Expo is now done and dusted, along with all the usual barista competitions and trade show hijinks. And Let's Talk Relationship Coffee is in the books, having brought dozens of producers to Melbourne for the first event of its kind in Australia. But this year, there was another exciting addition to the … [Read more...]

The 2015 Australia AeroPress Championship Winners & Recipes

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On the balmy autumn evening of March 28th in Sydney, the fine fellows of Mecca Coffee hosted and roasted festivities for the 2015 Australian AeroPress Championships. Amidst a sea of Mahlkönig EK 43 grinders, Mecca's newly refurbished roastery space (henceforth dubbed the "Brew-O-Drome”) housed the lucky 100 ticketed audience members as well as the … [Read more...]

Hey, Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee In Melbourne

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In Australia, we’re no strangers to coffee: we roast it, we brew it, we serve it, and we consume it (we even grow it in some parts, but that’s another story altogether). In this, we’re a largely coffee-consuming nation, spending hours perfecting the ideal roast profile and building elaborately fit-out cafes for people to drink delicious coffee in. … [Read more...]

10 Australian Cafes With Bodacious Design

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Australia is home to some of the most striking, iconic cafe design in the world, as we've profiled over the years on Sprudge. But whose design is the most intrepid, adventuresome, dauntless and downright bodacious? Take a look at ten of our very favorites. The Kettle Black In Melbourne From The Kettle Black In Melbourne: Where Fine Dining Meets … [Read more...]

Matt Perger Digs Deep With Barista Hustle, A New Website For Coffee Pros

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Matt Perger may be coffee’s Neil DeGrasse Tyson. On top of being one of the most accomplished baristas in the world—winning the World Brewers Cup in 2012, the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship in 2014, as well as turning in 3rd and 2nd place finishes in the 2011 and 2013 World Barista Championships, respectively—he has also become the face … [Read more...]

Sydney’s Paramount Coffee Project Expands To Los Angeles

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Sprudge.com is excited to report that Paramount Coffee Project, the daring, high-concept specialty coffee bar and content haus, is expanding operations to Los Angeles in 2015. A collaboration between Mark Dundon of Seven Seeds (Melbourne), Russell Beard of Reuben Hills (Sydney), and business partner Ping Jin Ng, PCP is known internationally for … [Read more...]

Platform Melbourne, A Coffee Symposium (With Wine!)

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It’s that time of year again in Melbourne—Melbourne International Coffee Expo time! While this year may not hold exciting international competitions as it has in previous years, it will be the first year that Melbourne hosts Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee, courtesy of Sustainable Harvest, as well as an exciting series of events from some local … [Read more...]

Five Great Places For Coffee In Hobart, Tasmania

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My parents went on a holiday eight and a half years ago, came back to their home in Sydney, and within a few months decided to pack up and move from Sydney down to Hobart, Tasmania. In terms of distance, a move like this is similar to moving from London to Berlin, or New York to Chicago. But to many Australians, it’s like moving far away into the … [Read more...]

This Melbourne Curated Pop-Up Mall Has Coffee, Is Everything

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Melbourne is a city full of people with an insatiable hunger for the newest exciting venture: hungry for coffee, hungry for food, hungry for culture. Places that attempt to incorporate all of these things are popping up ever more in Melbourne, from the Central Business District all the way out to the eastern suburb of Richmond. Swan Street … [Read more...]

Finding Good Burgers And Better Water On A Coffee Pilgrimage To Hobart, Tasmania

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Tasmania has long been something of a forgotten part of Australia, both to Australians living on the mainland and to visitors. The island, located off of the southeast tip of Australia, is roughly the size of Belgium andhas a population hovering around five-hundred thousand, with Hobart located in the south as its capital. Tasmania has a lot of … [Read more...]

Sir Charles Charts A Food & Coffee Course in Fitzroy, Melbourne

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Way back in the 19th century, Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy boarded a boat from England headed for Australia to take up his assigned post as the tenth Governor of the colony of New South Wales. Word is that he was a spectacular peacekeeper, and had a hand in many positive developments during colonial times in Australia—consequently having the suburb … [Read more...]

The Flat White: Explained

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The flat white. A storied, semi-mythical beverage that has been the object of hushed adulation and media hot takes for years. It's a combination of milk and espresso that originated from somewhere Antipodean, and has been happily consumed in Australia and New Zealand without (too much) fuss for quite awhile now. Predicting the flat white's … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee Happens March 12th In Melbourne

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Since 2012 we've taken part in a series of coffee conferences called Let's Talk Coffee, presented by our friends and partners at Sustainable Harvest, a Portland, Oregon-based green coffee importer. Unique, origin-focused and wildly international, Let's Talk Coffee's previous speakers list is a who's who of top coffee minds, from Dr. Aaron Davis of … [Read more...]

The Ethical Shop: Infinite Retail Possibilities At Melbourne’s Like Minded Projects

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It’s a warm, sunny day when I find myself in Fitzroy, slowly meandering up the iconic and eclectic Smith Street towards a unique new venture, simply titled, in gold lettering next to the front door, ‘Like Minded Projects.’ It’s a name that conjures up images of some sort of extravagant co-working space, which is actually not far from the truth. … [Read more...]

Serena Williams And The “Miracle” Espresso: The Inside Story

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A remarkable story was volleyed around the internet earlier this month, concerning American tennis great Serena Williams being served an in-game espresso at a match in Perth, Western Australia. At the macro level this isn't much of a story–"American visits Australia, enjoys good coffee" is hardly news at this point–but the sports world loves a good … [Read more...]