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Our coffee addiction is costing us big time

Our coffee addiction is costing us big time | Cafes | Scoop.it

SA is the DIY coffee capital of the country with caffeine lovers splashing out more on coffee machines, beans and pods than any other state.

 

A survey by consumer research group Canstar Blue has found that South Australians are making the biggest financial commitment to their caffeine fix, spending $139 more than the national average on coffee machines and $5 more a month on ongoing costs such as coffee beans or capsules.

 

South Aussies are also the most likely to use their coffee machine every day and three out of five (or 60 per cent) prefer their homemade efforts to what they could buy from a cafe.

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The rainbow coffee trend is the most mesmerising of them all

The rainbow coffee trend is the most mesmerising of them all | Cafes | Scoop.it

Watching rainbow milk being poured into perfect latte leaves puts you into a hypnotic state you'll never want to get out of.

 

Rainbow lattes are the latest colour-blazing beverages sweeping the net. The man behind the multicoloured milk is Las Vegas barista Mason Salisbury.

 

The “free pour latte art” technique requires a steady hand and precise movements, as well as espresso to see the pattern you’re making.

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Bondi couple launch vegan cafes: Coffee and Zeitgeist Mylk Bar

Bondi couple launch vegan cafes: Coffee and Zeitgeist Mylk Bar | Cafes | Scoop.it

THE vegan trend has well and truly arrived in Australia.


According to Google Trends data, Australia ranks number one in the world for vegan-related searches on Google, toppling last year's champion Germany.

 

The most popular vegan-related search terms between 2004 and 2016 were “vegan recipes”, “vegan recipe”, “vegan diet” and “vegan food”.


During that period, searches for the terms “vegan protein” and “raw vegan” increased by 500 per cent and 400 per cent respectively.

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The Australian coffee wave hits Hollywood

The Australian coffee wave hits Hollywood | Cafes | Scoop.it

The Vegemite and butterscotch shake is making ripples at the new Los Angeles outpost of Surry Hills' Paramount Coffee Project, but there is a Bells-Beach-sized wave of Australian hospitality players sweeping the US city.

 

West Hollywood's E.P. & L.P. serves Asian food with an Australian accent, and now Monica Saunders-Weinberg, daughter of Westfield founder John Saunders is in on the act. Saunders-Weinberg is part of the team behind Au Fudge, which just opened on Melrose Avenue and has a very Hollywood list of owners, actress Jessica Biel among them.

 

Sydney-based Vittoria Coffee has partnered with Au Fudge and is waving the flag for Oz coffee. Vittoria's chief, Les Schirato, pinpointed LA to tap the massive US market. "There's really great growth there. We're already in 50 or 60 venues after a year and a half," he says.

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Coffee Good for Cancer Cure? Study Finds It Decreases Colorectal Cancer Risk

Coffee Good for Cancer Cure? Study Finds It Decreases Colorectal Cancer Risk | Cafes | Scoop.it

Coffee reduces the risk of developing colorectal cancer, says a study by researchers from the Comprehensive Cancer Centre of Keck Medicine at USC.

 

The more coffee consumed, the lower the risk, says senior author Stephen Gruber. The reduced risk was observed in all types of coffee. That goes for all kinds of the caffeinated and even decaffeinated ones.

 

The researchers studied 5,100 men and women with the colorectal cancer diagnosis within the past six months and 4,000 men and women without colorecteral cancer. They filled a questionnaire with their familial history of cancer, diet, physical activity, and smoking as well as their daily consumption of other liquids and coffee, including instant boiled, decaf, and filtered coffee as well as their total consumption of other liquids.

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Coffee crazy Canberra picks up second Australian barista gong

Coffee crazy Canberra picks up second Australian barista gong | Cafes | Scoop.it

"When I like something I really want to know what I can about it," Mr Kelly said.

 

The 25-year-old originally imagined a career as a fireman or accountant but became obsessed with his part-time job of making coffee, while studying at ANU.

 

"All I wanted to do was pour pretty pictures and I think that is where it starts for a lot of people," he said.

 

After eight years on the job, Mr Kelly was named Australia's Best Barista at the 2016 ASCA Australian Barista Championship.

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Masters of the blend

Masters of the blend | Cafes | Scoop.it

A coffee roasting machine has been going strong for 35 years producing unique blends that have customers hooked.

 

Fairfield’s Ambassador Coffee first opened its doors back in 1981 with Josip Horacek at the helm.

Since then it has been satisfying coffee lovers from all over Sydney.

 

Using the same German roasting machine, Zelka Potter has continued her father’s legacy and together with her husband Greg roast three blends daily.

 

“Cappuccinos and coffee weren’t a trend when dad started the business,” Mrs Potter said.

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Full steam ahead for barista championship hopeful

Full steam ahead for barista championship hopeful | Cafes | Scoop.it

The world's best barista, Canberra-based Sasa Sestic, is hoping to pass his global coffee crown to his protege as the Australian round of an international competition begins in Melbourne.

 

The founder of ONA Coffee put Canberra on the map last year when he beat competitors from almost 50 countries to win 2015 World Barista Championship (WBC) title in Seattle.

 

Mr Sestic, who also represented Australia in handball at the Sydney Olympics, said high-pressure competitions were important in developing a barista's skills.

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Cafe and coffee culture in the ’burbs

Cafe and coffee culture in the ’burbs | Cafes | Scoop.it

Those who have driven anywhere between Melbourne Street and Victoria Street during the past 12 months may have noticed that East Maitland has become a hotspot for caffeine lovers. 

 

For some time now central Maitland has played host to a wide variety of cafes and coffee shops, and now it appears East Maitland is on trend.

 

When the Mercury went out one Friday morning to taste their way around the town, it was assumed the task would take about an hour.

 

Not so.

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The Healthy Guide To Drinking Coffee

The Healthy Guide To Drinking Coffee | Cafes | Scoop.it

Quitting coffee is not an option for most people. Without it, most offices workers would instantly transform into Mad Max marauders hunting for shiny, chrome Delonghis. Thankfully, indulging in a hot brew doesn’t need to be detrimental to your health — in fact, it can improve everything from cognitive skills to memory retention. This infographic provides seven tips for effective and responsible imbibing.

 

The infographic below comes from healthy lifestyle site Art of Wellbeing. It breaks down various ways coffee can improve our health, which basically comes down to timing. As the site explains:

 

“If you do enjoy a cup of java, science suggests it is a reasonable component of a healthy diet, with more potential benefits than almost any other drink we’re consuming. Whilst there isn’t a right or wrong way to drink coffee, there are ways to maximize the benefits you receive from it.”

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Save Time and Enjoy Better Coffee

Save Time and Enjoy Better Coffee | Cafes | Scoop.it

Coffee keeps the world going round. It is the substance that fuels us, drives us, and gets us through the day. Important conversations are had over coffee, whether it is positive or negative – doing so over a warm brew makes it all ok. Sometimes we drink it alone and sometimes it is done with others. Coffee is amazing with a side of cake, a biscuit, a pastry or even ice cream. A bad coffee can make or break this whole experience. It can turn that positive conversation into a negative one. It can ruin the start to our day and it can stop our world entirely.

Here are a few apps that will help ensure your coffee is the good and close by.

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Is it beans or barista that maketh a great coffee?

Is it beans or barista that maketh a great coffee? | Cafes | Scoop.it

DITCH the instant coffee this weekend, Unley has got your caffeine fix sorted.


This Sunday, Soldiers Memorial Gardens will host the annual Double Shot Coffee Fiesta.


Now in its third year, the festival will, for the first time, host the Australian Specialty Coffee Association Western Region State Barista Championships.


Baristas from across South Australia and Western Australia will compete for a shot at national glory.


Barista at CBD cafe The Flinders St Project Alex Loft says the event is about more than just the competition.

“It’s a chance to network more than anything,” Mr Loft says,

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Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Might Reduce Liver Damage From Alcohol

Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Might Reduce Liver Damage From Alcohol | Cafes | Scoop.it

There is a growing body of evidence that coffee may be good for your long-term health, reducing the risk of type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. According to one recent meta-study, it may also lower your risk of liver damage from boozing.


The study was conducted by scientists from the University of Southampton. It’s not a clinical trial — rather, researchers pooled results from nine previous studies that recorded both the incidence of liver cirrhosis and caffeine consumption. In total, 432,133 participants contributed to the studies, across a broad demographic range.


Liver cirrhosis is a big killer, claiming over a million people worldwide every year. It’s most famously caused by excessive long-term alcohol consumption, but also brought about by hepatitis infections, immune disorders and even obesity or diabetes.

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Specialty Coffee's Resident Scientist

Specialty Coffee's Resident Scientist | Cafes | Scoop.it

A computational chemist is changing the way coffee makers think about water.

 

Wherever he goes, Christopher H. Hendon brings a homemade supply of powdery white chemicals. Made from coral-reef care sets, the little bottles and plastic bags may raise some TSA eyebrows, but they serve a perfectly innocent purpose. The substances comprise his personal water filtration titration kit.

 

“Who travels with this much white powder?” Hendon says with a laugh. His duffel currently contains several compounds including calcium chloride, magnesium sulfate, and potassium bicarbonate. These mixtures help detect the invisible chemicals present in a glass of water, he explains. Using them, Hendon can determine how hard the water is in any geographical area, based on the minerals it contains.

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The good reason to buy another coffee

The good reason to buy another coffee | Cafes | Scoop.it

SO YOU’RE either paying off a big mortgage or saving up for a house? Forget that dull advice about not buying any more coffee (and saving $20 every week!)

 

Yes, sure every little bit adds up. But what it adds up to is a lot of missed opportunity. Really, you should be buying twice as much coffee.


If every time you went for coffee you bought one for yourself and one for someone else, the bonus to your pay would be so much greater than the savings that you’d end up miles ahead.

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All-you-can-drink coffee for less than 20 bucks

All-you-can-drink coffee for less than 20 bucks | Cafes | Scoop.it

Brisbane is a city of coffee lovers and the habit can get expensive.

 

But did you know there's a way you can get as much coffee as you can guzzle for less than $20 a week?

 

And its in the last place you might expect to go for a cup of java.

 

The Emporium Barber in Fortitude Valley and the City has a coffee subscription deal where you sign up for $19.95 a week and you can have as many coffees as you want.

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What goes into the price of a cup of coffee?

What goes into the price of a cup of coffee? | Cafes | Scoop.it

The price a consumer is willing to pay for a cup of coffee depends on several factors far beyond the taste.

 

The average cost of a cup of coffee fluctuates significantly according to 'coffee economist' Wayne Fowler, who spends a lot of time examining the market price of our caffeine habit.

 

Mr Fowler's company publishes the Cappuccino Price Index, which measures the "pricing tension between real costs of producing the product and service, and the consumer's willingness to pay".

 

"Prices range from a dollar in some fast food outlets, up to people paying $8-$9," Mr Fowler said.

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A Harvard nutritionist gives you permission to drink 5 cups of coffee a day

A Harvard nutritionist gives you permission to drink 5 cups of coffee a day | Cafes | Scoop.it

Those of us who drink a lot of coffee sometimes feel a little misunderstood — a littlejudged, even — by those who do not drink a lot of coffee. Recently, one Reddit user who apparently feels this way took advantage of anAMA with Vasanti Malik, a nutrition research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to ask about some vile rumors about the planet’s most perfect, most life-giving beverage:

 

"What’s your take on coffee? I live in Utah and people around me keep saying it affects the lining of your stomach and its ability to consume nutrients. I’ve tried doing research on this and haven’t found much consistency in the answer, so I’d love to hear from a reliable source."

 

Malik’s answer: Not only is this stomach-lining claim not supported by any evidence — the bulk of the research on coffee highlights the drink’s benefits more than anything else. “Coffee, provided that it is minimally sweetened with sugar and not loaded with whipped cream, can definitely be part of a healthy diet,” Malik wrote. Whether caffeinated or decaf, it “contains a number of healthful vitamins and nutrients” — beyond that, research done by nutrition scientists at Harvard “have shown associations with reduced risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mortality.”

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From Verona to Lygon Street to make Australians love coffee

From Verona to Lygon Street to make Australians love coffee | Cafes | Scoop.it

If you live in Melbourne and you love coffee, you definitely have heard of Giancarlo Giusti, the co-founder of Grinders Coffee. It's still easy to bump into him in Lygon Street where he enjoys his espresso every day after lunch.


Giancarlo arrived in Melbourne in 1960 and almost forgot to get off the ship at the pier. Not long after his arrival, he moved to Carlton, where 56 years later, still spends most of his days.

 

When in 1960 Giancarlo left Verona to board in Genoa a ship headed to Australia, his whole family was there to bade him farewell. Little did they know that Giancarlo would become the founder of one of the most iconic Australian coffee brands, Grinders.

 

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The rise of almond milk coffee and how to make an amazing one at home

The rise of almond milk coffee and how to make an amazing one at home | Cafes | Scoop.it

Non-dairy, great-tasting, high in protein, low in calories, low-carb, gluten-free, vegan-friendly and easy on the steam wand? Almond milk ticks all the right coffee companion boxes.

 

If it’s not on the menu at your local cafe, it probably will be soon.

 

At two-year-old paleo-inspired Patch Cafe in Melbourne’s Richmond, almond milk makes up about a quarter of all milk-based coffee sales, says owner Tom Davidson.

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Coffee van start-ups driving java boom

Coffee van start-ups driving java boom | Cafes | Scoop.it

After working as a butcher for 17 years, Kyle Summers decided to take a risk with something he was passionate about: running his own coffee van business.

 

"I got the idea after helping out my mate Mark Paterson with his coffee trailer at some sporting events, and it kind of went from there," he said.

 

After taking on a few sporting events on his own and enjoying the experience, Mr Summers decided to give the coffee van a go, after recognising the demand in a mobile coffee service.

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How does Noma do Australian coffee?

How does Noma do Australian coffee? | Cafes | Scoop.it

We've read about Noma Australia's abalone schnitzel and edible ants, but how has the world-renowned restaurant - currently popping up in Sydney - interpreted the local coffee scene?

 

I travelled to Melbourne's Cremorne, not Sydney's Barangaroo (where Noma is located until April 2), as a guest of the team roasting Noma's beans - Tim Varney and Tim Williams. They run Bureaux Collective, a new space where people from the likes of Everyday Coffee, Patricia Coffee Brewers and Assembly will be able to rent time to roast their own coffee on cutting-edge equipment without going to the expense of setting up a roastery themselves.

 

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How to make coffee when you have no coffee maker

How to make coffee when you have no coffee maker | Cafes | Scoop.it

Whether you've broken your Chemex or just don't own a coffee maker, this is a great way to make a drinkable cup of Joe in a pinch.

 

So you broke your coffee maker. It happens. After all, they're usually made of fragile glass or ceramic. They're bound to break sooner or later.

 

So how do you continue to make coffee while you wait for your new one to arrive? The easy answer is, don't. Just hit the nearest Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru.

 

That said, if you've grown accustomed to a morning coffee-making ritual like many coffee enthusiasts, you would rather go without before forking over $4 for some batch-brewed coffee.

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Melbourne Coffee Week kicks-off

Melbourne Coffee Week kicks-off | Cafes | Scoop.it

How a coffee Festival is taking education beyond the barista


The inaugural Melbourne Coffee Week will arrive on that city’s calender from March 10 – 17, and Melbourne cafés and coffee roasters will invite consumers to taste their brews, learn more about coffee, and witness the world of coffee competitions.


“Some may argue that each day in Melbourne is already a celebration of coffee. But like any good celebration we want to make it last, so we will unite the city in one big coffee extravaganza,”


Melbourne Coffee Week director Simon Coburn said.

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The science behind why coffee is so damn good for you

The science behind why coffee is so damn good for you | Cafes | Scoop.it

If you’re just joining us, in Part 1 we gave you the low-down on how the chemicals in coffee – of which there are over 1000 – combine to boost your health. Here’s the link to Part 1 if you want to brush up, but to summarise: coffee, coffee, coffee = good, good, good.


So we already told you about the good stuff in the black stuff, now we look at how the preparation and process can make it even better.


As we mentioned a while back, while coffee is good for you, the additives can undo all this good work. A hot cup of freshly brewed might be all kinds of good, but an orange mocha frappuccino will be about as good for you as a freak gasoline fight.

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