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Coffee cup recycler combats ‘busy’ culture

Using takeaway coffee cups is a bad habit. Photo: Dan Soderstrom The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel busts huge coffee myth in War on Waste It seems Australians are too busy to sit down and have a coffee these days and the “throwaway” culture means millions of coffee cups are piling up in landfill and damaging the […]

Coffee drinkers live longer and have lower risk of disease, studies find

‘Not everything that gives you a buzz is bad for you.’ Photo: Jennifer Soo Is coffee good for you? Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health. The studies examined the health histories of hundreds of thousands of people who were […]

CSIRO broccoli lattes and other crimes against coffee

A rainbow of alternative lattes, including blue algae, turmeric, matcha and mushroom at Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne. Photo: Nic Davidson COMMENT The CSIRO made headlines this week for creating something called a broccoli latte. Hang on, a broccoli what now? The cruciferous vegetable is delicious but it has no place in coffee. Milk and sugar […]

‘Deconstructed coffee’: It’s for snobs, not hipsters, says Melbourne cafe behind beaker brew

Flat what? The ‘deconstructed’ coffee in question. Photo: Facebook Melbourne hipster coffee has social media steaming Cafe review: The Kitchen at Weylandts The manager of a Melbourne cafe at the centre of a social media storm in a coffee cup says its controversial “deconstructed” brew was aimed at the city’s notorious coffee snobs, not hipsters. […]

Espresso martinis tap into the nitro coffee trend

Move over Guinness, there’s a new tall, dark drink on tap (pictured at Arbory in Melbourne). Photo: Simon Shiff Coffee aficionados, there’s a new kid on the caffeinated block and it goes by the name of nitro. Nitro coffee. Served black, chilled and foaming, nitro coffee is smooth and full-bodied. Think of it as the […]

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

Substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, found the study. Photo: Jonathan Carroll Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study […]

How to make a latte

Craig Simon is a two-time Australian Barista Champion (2014 and 2012) and the head of research, development and innovation at Veneziano Coffee Roasters in Melbourne. Here are his tips for making a great latte at home. The machine: You can spend anything from about $200 to $6000 on a domestic espresso machine. ”Work out how […]

How to make cold brew coffee at home (plus supermarket drinks put to the taste test)

A Single O cold brew coffee at Three Blue Ducks, Bronte. Photo: Edwina Pickles Move over, iced coffee. There’s a new chilled caffeine hit in town. It’s cold brew and it’s taking fridges by storm. “Cold brew coffee has been growing in popularity at cafes over the past 12 months, but since the beginning of […]

How to master the art of brewing tea

The perfect cuppa is beautiful thing. Photo: iStock Tania Stacey’s first tea-making lesson came from her dad at age seven. The essential step? Turning the teapot anti-clockwise three times. “It took me until I was about 25 to realise he was full of it,” she says. Needless to say, anti-clockwise turns didn’t feature in her […]

How to up your quarantine coffee game

Top tip: ‘Invest in a good grinder instead of any other thing. A beautiful cup doesn’t give you the right taste, but a good grinder will.’ Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen   Whether you’ve panic-bought an espresso machine, wish to enter the nerdy world of pourovers or are preparing to white-knuckle it through this time armed only […]

Is it safe to use reusable coffee cups again?

Manager of The Full Pantry, Hannah Arnold. Photo: Simon Schluter Feeling a little bit of enviro-guilt ordering your morning flat white from your favourite cafe in a disposable cup and plastic lid? You’re not alone. As cafes around the country gradually come back to life, owners and baristas are considering the return of keep cups.  According to […]

Locum service Need A Barista offers emergency coffee wizards in Melbourne

Need A Barista founders Alex Bray (left) and Tom Gould at Little Henri cafe in Northcote. Photo: Simon Schluter Melbourne now has a barista locum service so that cafe patrons do not have to drink a coffee made by ordinary cafe staff, if the usual coffee wizard calls in sick or goes on leave. Cafes […]

Meet the layered latte: The accidental striped coffee buzzing out scientists

Baristas have long created vertical layers in lattes – chances are horizontal layers will soon join their repertoire, too. Photo: Edwina Pickles Any good barista will tell you that if you want to make a nice latte you pour milk into the espresso – not the other way around. But there’s another style of latte […]

Ona Coffee’s Hugh Kelly earns fifth place in World Barista Championship

Hugh Kelly won the Australia Barista Championship two years in a row. Photo: Jamila Toderas Ona Coffee’s Hugh Kelly has been recognised as one of the world’s best baristas. Kelly placed fifth at the World Barista Championship 2017 in South Korea at the weekend. The Canberran battled it out against national champions of Hong Kong, […]

Reusable coffee cup discounts are not sustainable

‘Giving a 50¢ discount to customers who bring a reusable cup is a noble idea in theory.’ Photo: Albert Comper COMMENT Australia’s coffee culture is world-renowned, and rightly so. Recent years have seen a huge focus on sustainability and the environment – which is awesome and something we fully support at The Little Marionette – […]

Road-test: Making cold-brew coffee uses a lot of beans. Is it worth it?

Cold brew coffee may require a lot of coffee to make, but remember it’s a concentrate. Photo: Steven Siewert Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but three words run through my head whenever I make cold-brew coffee: What. A. Waste. The words first worm their way into my brain when I measure out the beans for […]

The future is filter coffee

Preparing a filter coffee using the pourover method with a Chemex flask and gooseneck kettle. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen For a country that has spent the past 90 years buzzing on espresso coffee, many Australians are now rising each day with a different cup of joe. “Filter coffee is definitely the way a lot of people […]

Three coffees a day benefits your health

People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits – including a lower risk of premature death and heart disease – than those who abstain. British researchers collated evidence from more than 200 previous studies finding coffee consumption was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver […]

Veneziano veteran barista crowned Australian barista champion for third time

Veteran barista Craig Simon has been crowned the Australian barista champion for the third time after a four-year hiatus from competition. Simon, 40, took out the national title on Saturday at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. Runner-up Anthony Douglas, 26, is a relative newcomer to competitive coffee making. Both men, who are friends and former musicians, […]

Will we soon be paying $7 for a coffee?

Melbourne cafe innovator Mark Dundon predicts the $7 coffee. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen It’s a gleaming autumn morning in Melbourne and the under-caffeinated pour into Carlton’s Seven Seeds cafe. Suits slug espressos, elbow-patched academics nurse flat whites and students exit with KeepCups on their way to the nearby University of Melbourne. Seven Seeds is also a […]

Would you pay $5 for a cup of coffee?

There’s money to be made from our coffee addiction. Desperate for a coffee on holidays, I paid $4.75 for a standard long black at a McDonald’s McCafe in Queensland. The assistant poured an average brew. Too much water diluted the taste and the barista (that’s being generous) would have struggled to make instant coffee. Yet […]

International scientific study says your barista is making your coffee all wrong

St Ali’s Michael Cameron has a message to Australia’s baristas: you’re doing it wrong. Photo: Joe Armao A team of international scientists working with a Melbourne barista claim to have designed a scientifically perfect cup of coffee. Their research, published in top journal Matter on Thursday, claims the immutable coffee laws Australia’s baristas live by, […]

Introducing the selfieccino – self portraits in coffee froth

The Selfieccino is social media gold. Photo: Shutterstock A cafe in London is taking barista art to a new level by giving customers the chance to sip on their own self-portraits. The Tea Terrace, based in House of Fraser’s Oxford Street branch, has become Europe’s first location to deliver the “Selfieccino,” which features an image […]

Tea versus coffee: the truth about which cuppa is best for you

Photo: Shutterstock Reading this with a mug of coffee in your hand? Then you have permission to feel smug. The latest pan-European research, led by epidemiologist Marc Gunter of Imperial College, London – following a study of more than 500,000 people over 16 years – has shown that those who drank the most coffee had […]

Coffee and tea, ice cold: Vietnamese iced coffee ice-cream, chai granita and frozen caramel latte recipes

Frozen Vietnamese-style sweet iced coffee. Photo: Katrina Meynink Coffee. Tea. Caffeine in all its forms is something most of us enjoy as part of a daily ritual. But in the height of summer heat, its enjoyment can be hampered. Hipster cold drip and the ye olde whipped cream topped iced coffee aside, here are three ways […]