TRENDING CAFES Brisbane & Beyond


We’ve published a new book …TRENDING CAFES Brisbane & Beyond.

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Why coffee tastes terrible in France


As any foodie who has dined at a good restaurant in Paris, visited one of the many sidewalk cafés or taken their morning caffeine in a small picturesque village knows, coffee in France is lagging behind that in most other European countries.  But I am pleased to report that this is now changing – in Paris, at least.

One has to wonder why the coffee is so bad when the food is always so good. I haven’t unearthed any plausible reasons why the French have continued to accept such nasty tasting coffee for so long, but a little research reveals a few interesting things.

World of Coffee in France


How fortunate we were that this year, World of Coffee was in Nice in the south of France. What a wonderful event it was – from the coffee folk we met to the food we ate.

The second edition Barista Bible has arrived!


The second edition BARISTA BIBLE has arrived!

This exciting second edition of the globally recognised Barista Bible is the culmination of research that began four years ago – as soon as the first edition appeared on the market. We do understand that things change very quickly in the coffee world!

Having worked alongside some of the best baristas and coffee experts, attended numerous trade shows and events, read an enormous number of trade publications, listened to lots of lectures and tuned into countless forums, we have gathered a wealth of new information.

Modern coffee culture in Vienna


A modern coffee culture is starting to emerge in Vienna, due in large part, to the efforts of Johanna at the Vienna School of Coffee. Johanna is passionate about specialty coffee and imparting all she knows to those who are keen to learn. With Joanna’s advice and a copy of the Vienna Guide to Coffee, we headed off to find the places that are setting new trends.

Viennese coffee culture – ‘conservative’ and ‘quirky’


Of the traditional coffee houses there were a few standouts. The ‘grand dame’ would have to be Café Central, breathtaking with its marble columns, vaulted ceiling and chandeliers – and Strauss music amplifying the atmosphere. The piano player greeted us with a nod and ‘herr ober,’ the formally clad waiter– whizzed us to a table for two, whisked menus in front of us while whipping large, starched napkins onto our laps – all before we could draw a second breath. This art of ‘meeting and greeting’ had obviously been refined over decades and was a delight to experience.

World of Coffee in Vienna


We were in Vienna first of all to exhibit the Perfect Espresso books and training system at the World of Coffee event that hosted four of the World Coffee Championships. These events and winners were as follows:

World Barista Championship Raul Rodas (Guatemala)

World Cup Tasters Championship Cory Andreen (Germany)

World Brewers Championship Matt Perger (Australia)

World Cezve/Ibrik Championship Zoltan Kis (Hungary)

Australia's Best Beans – 2011


Imagine 1,206 different coffees to taste – all in 3 days! 

Every year coffee roasters from all over Australia send their best beans to be judged by their peers at a conference and tasting event known as The Golden Bean.  Coffee enthusiasts come to learn about the latest trends and developments from experts in their fields – and between sessions, participate in tasting and judging beverages made from beans entered in the following categories:

Qld Barista Competition 2011


Queensland’s coffee community gathered in Brisbane at Di Bella Coffee Roastery on the weekend – to see the state’s best baristas compete in an event that will see the winners go on to the Australian finals in May next year. In June, the Australian winners will compete in the World Barista Championships in Vienna.

Four of the six categories in the WBC were represented at the competition and the winners were:


1st Matt Troughton (Dandelion and Driftwood) 2nd Janelle Kingsley (Dandelion and Driftwood) 3rd Jean-Paul Sutton (Veneziano)

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Become a Barista Competition


The inaugural Become a Barista school competition held in Brisbane recently was a huge success. 

Participants from seven schools performed to an exceptional standard considering their limited experience. Having said that, participants should be inspired by Matt Perger, the current Australian Barista Champion. Matt was 21 and had been making coffee for less than 2 years when he won this prestigious award – and came 3rd in the World Barista Championship final where over 50 countries competed.

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