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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Cool Coffee Creations – Perfect for Summer!


Proving that the weather is never too warm for coffee, Lavazza has come up with its own ‘hot’ espresso menu to delight and cool the senses. We bring you a few of their creations, from the traditional to the deliciously exotic…. so make that perfect shot of espresso and chill out!


Wednesday, December 19th, 2012


To coffee lovers far and wide, we wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013!

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Sunbeam’s new EM7000

You’ll not find too much information about the EM7000 on the internet as yet, perhaps a little on the coffee forums, but certainly no other formal reviews or pictures of the insides of this machine.

We are pleased to bring you a review by one of our senior forum members, Mark Watts, where he gives us his insight into Sunbeam’s new EM7000.

My first impression is that the people at Sunbeam have got together around a table and looked at what worked for others, and where some long overdue upgrades could be made, with a focus on retaining/growing their niche in the home coffee machine market.  As a result, the essence of a well-engineered machine can be found, and at a price that shouldn’t put the budget at risk. The finish/quality of this machine has come a long way.


Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Buy a ‘Cappuccino for a Cause’ : 26 & 27 October

With more than a billion cups of coffee each year now consumed away from home by Australia’s café society, Variety – the Children’s Charity, is asking our growing nation of coffee drinkers to have a cappuccino to help kids in need during October.

Cappuccino for a Cause, an annual fundraising event by Gloria Jean’s Coffees is seeking to raise $170,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity this October. Donation boxes, in coffee houses nationally will be dedicated to raising funds for Variety throughout the month.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Melbourne :: Ducale launches dc Tunes this weekend

Ducale coffee invites you to join them for the launch of dc Tunes at Grumpys Green this weekend, seriously!

Three nights of live music from 5 of Melbourne’s finest Rock n’ Roll bands

When: from the 28th-30th of September

Venue: Grumpys Green, 125 Smith St, Fitzroy

Doors open at 8pm and entry is free

Local music, local venues supported by local coffee

For more info,go to the Ducale Coffee website


Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Cafe Cities of the World – Vancouver

Nestled in the lee of the majestic snow-capped Coast mountain ranges, Vancouver is a stunning city.  it’s situated on a scenic harbour, protected from the harsh elements of the Pacific ocean by Vancouver Island, just offshore. Its location ensures a relatively temperate climate (although it will rain anytime of the year and frequently does) and one which Vancouverites enjoy in their myriad year-round outdoor activities; cycling, skiing, boating and hiking, just to name a few.


Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Go Naked!

Naked coffee, or a naked group handle (sometimes also known as a bottomless portafilter) is a traditional group handle that has had the bottom cut out of it, so that the base of the filter basket containing freshly ground coffee is directly exposed.

Because of this distinct modification, the extraction process can be observed as the coffee liquid passes straight from the bottom of the filter basket into a cup.


Monday, September 3rd, 2012

History of the Espresso Machine – Part II

In a crowded bar in downtown Milan, where the coffee grinder was going non-stop, spreading a haze of coffee aroma, and a spoonful of sugar was being stirred in the cup as if its sweetness grew with the stirring, a cup of espresso was really something ‘black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love’.

We publish the second of our three part piece comprising edited extracts from Ian Bersten’s book  ‘Coffee Floats, Tea Sinks’; the chapter entitled: ‘The Espresso Coffee Machine Revolution’.


Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Crema Kitchen – Ricotta Pancakes

There’s no better way to start the day than with a plate of fluffy light ricotta pancakes and a coffee. This simple recipe can be made in advance and stored in an airtight contain in the fridge for up to 2 days.  Great also for an afternoon snack or for a desert.

We also asked Ian Callaghan from Bar9 Specialty Coffee in Adelaide to pair this dish with his choice of coffee. His recommendations are below the recipe.



Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Gloria Jean’s Coffees crowns their 2012 Australian Barista Champion

Nathan Trebbin from Castletown, Queensland was announced Gloria Jean’s Coffees Australian Barista Champion for 2012. Nathan won the prestigious title amongst fierce competition, which showcased Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ most talented and creative baristas from around the country.

Eight Barista finalists presented four espressos, four lattes and four signature beverages to the panel of judges, who critiqued against World Barista Championship standards. Judges awarded points for each finalist’s professional performance and how the individual barista’s personality and flair were presented to the audience.