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barista courses

Are barista courses really worth it?

Jenna Gottlieb chats with barista trainer Vicki Hart to find out whether formal training beats hands-on experience when it comes to working at a coffee shop... Read more
MICE 2022

What went down at Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) 2022?

From product innovations to a new World Barista Champion, MICE came back with a bang last week. Our reporter, Jordan Montgomery, was in attendance... Read more
specialty coffee shop menu

From house blends to single origin: How to build a successful specialty coffee shop menu

Yker Valerio speaks to the owners of Bean Theory Coffee, a specialty coffee shop in Thane, India, about the impact a menu can have on a coffee shop’s success... Read more

NY Coffee Festival, Hoffmann’s audiobook, FHA Singapore & more

From book launches to international trade shows, October promises to be an action-packed month in the world of coffee. New Ground rounds up the top picks for the month ahead... Read more
world barista championship

Is the World Barista Championship too expensive?

Barista trainer and 2021 WBC finalist, Wojciech Tysler, speaks to Imogen Rose Phillips about the cost of competing at the prestigious event and how it can impact participation... Read more

How to build a brand identity for your coffee shop

Bronwyn Linkhorn speaks with two coffee shop owners about how building an authentic brand identity that resonates can pave the way to long-term success... Read more
rtd coffee

Who will win the race for RTD coffee dominance?

Micky Baker unwraps the ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee craze, analysing how it’s exploded onto the scene, why it’s so popular, and how coffee brands can stake their claim in the rapidly growing market... Read more
pete licata

Pete Licata: “Having a family has changed the risks I’m willing to take”

Benedict Smith chats with 2013 World Barista Champion and coffee consultant, Pete Licata, about automation, Australian coffee culture, and the importance of finally settling down... Read more
espresso culture in japan

Is Japan starting to embrace an espresso culture?

Certified Q grader and representative of Single O Japan, Yu Yamamoto, speaks to Matt Haw about Japanese coffee shop culture and its widespread adoption of espresso... Read more
staff shortages

The Great Resignation: How staff shortages are affecting coffee businesses

Brand and marketing director Graham Hadaway speaks with Jenna Gottlieb about how HoReCa businesses – including coffee shops – have battled with staff shortages and what can be done to remedy ongoing issues... Read more