The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-06-27T20:54:54Z Day Three at World Latte Art Championship, Nordic World Of Coffee - a momentous day in coffee for Australia 2015-06-27T20:54:54Z day-three-at-world-latte-art-championship-nordic-world-of-coffee-a-momentous-day-in-coffee-for-australia GOTHENBURG - SCAE's (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe) Nordic World of Coffee hosted this year's coffee championships in World Latte Art (WLAC), World Coffee in Good Spirits (WCGS), World Brewer's Cup (WBrC), World Cup Tasting (WCTC) and World Coffee Roasting (WCRC). A jubilant Caleb Cha, Australian Latte Art champion from Cafenatics in Melbourne competed, and won, in the solid favourite WLAC in front of an admiring world audience and an elated Australian home crowd on livestream, taking the country's winnings to two World championships this year. Norway also took home two World titles from the event, WBrC and WCRC. Current World Barista Champion Australian Sasa Sestic, an avid supporter, was present at the finals performance in Gothenburg. Caleb's victory was made even sweeter after he proposed to his girlfriend and coach, Alice Jeong, on the World stage, and she said ‘yes!’ His win is an amazing feat when you consider he only entered his first Latte Art competition a year ago, in which he competed and placed runner up in both the Victorian and Australian Latte Art championships. It was enough to motivate him to continue and ultimately achieve this great result in Gothenburg, all within a year, an event that will propel his coffee career forward.  Caleb always puts it down simply to practice. “The more you practice and repeat, the better and sharper your patterns become. And, the more confident you become, pouring becomes second nature and you develop steady hands. This lets you work faster with less errors”, he says.  “I can thank Erin Sampson for sharing her tips and tricks with me during last year’s competition prep[aration], and again this year both Erin and Jade (from Veneziano) helped me out with some competition style run-throughs, it definitely helped”, explains Caleb. When we spoke to Caleb after the heats he reported he was feeling great, though he felt his now famous zebra pattern could have been better. “It [the zebra design] could have been more perfect, but I am aiming to improve it for the finals. I’m aiming for better contrast, more definition... You will see the best design ever!" he said with confidence. When asked if he’d take some time off after the competition he replied with, “Oh no, I must get back, my bosses [at Cafenatics] need me, they were good enough to give me the time off to come here and be a part of it all.”  However since his win, it appears things may not go back to normal as he’s intended, as he was immediately surrounded by sponsors and inundated by fans for photos and ‘selfies’. At the time of the announcement, his initial reaction was one of disbelief, but he eventually came to. After his win, we asked him again, “What are your plans now?”. “I don’t know”, he replies, with a smile. And, we believe him. Caleb thanks all who supported him including his number one support Alice, his bosses at Cafenatics Equitable Place and 367 (Melbourne), Joseph Haddad and the team at Code Black Coffee Roasters, Australians Lance Brown and Jeremy Regan judging at WLAC, and everyone at Veneziano. He also gives a huge thanks and appreciation to Cafenatics, Pura Milk, Cafetto, Service Sphere, Mahlkönig and MICE2016 for their generous support in getting him to Sweden. WLAC Top 3 Results 1st Caleb Cha, from Cafenatics, Australia. 2nd Xuechao Wang, from Jiangbeilerean Coffee, China. 3rd Kyeong-woo Jung, from Corea Coffee Belt, South Korea.  Other competition results (top three): WBrC 1st Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen, from Supreme Roastworks, Norway.  2nd Konstantinos Iatridis, from Taf Coffee, Greece. 3rd Benjamin Prager, from Bear Brothers & Cow, Switzerland.  WCGS 1st George Koustoumpardis, from The Underdog, Greece. 2nd Ondrej Hurtík, from Doubleshot, Czech Republic.  3rd Paul Ungureanu, from Paul Ungureanu Consulting, Romania. WCTC 1st Juan Gabriel Cespedes, from Ecomtrading, Costa Rica. 2nd Mateusz Petlinski, from Woyton Roast Inc, Germany. 3rd Yoeri Joosten, from Boot Koffie, The Netherlands. 4th Krisse McGregor, from Coffee Lab, New Zealand. WCRC 1st Audun Sørbotten, from Audun Coffee, Norway.  2nd Joanna Alm, from Drop Coffee, Sweden. 3rd Minkeun Choi, from Coffee HOW’S, South Korea. Cafenatics: http://www.cafenatics.com.au/locations/367-collins Caleb: http://facebook.com/calebtigers   About Veneziano Coffee Roasters - established 2000 Specialty roasters and contract roasting; award winning blends, exclusive micro-lot coffees, Australia’s first specialty pod ‘Sourced’and Nitro Coffee; supporter of direct trade with producers and cooperatives;  on-site quality coffee training and education by professional champion baristas; roastery espresso bars, brew bars and coffee showrooms; home of Australian barista, latte art, cupping and roasting champions; licensed Q cuppers and World certified judge; professional espresso machines, grinders and equipment for cafe and home; Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex Coffeemakers and Inker Cups; recipient of countless roaster and barista awards and proud supplier to over 500 of Australia’s best cafes. The First Pours are located at: SA - 111 Melbourne Road, Adelaide QLD - 369 Montague Road, West End Brisbane VIC - 26 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC www.venezianocoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/venezianoCoffeeRoasters www.twitter.com/VenezCoffeeRstr www.instagram.com/VenezianoCoffeeRoasters Barista Legends Smackdown to Farewell First Pour Melbourne 2015-06-27T20:50:30Z barista-legends-smackdown-to-farewell-first-pour-melbourne First Pour Melbourne is following in the footsteps of Veneziano Coffee Roasters, relocating from the iconic Bond Street location in Abbotsford to new premises at River Street, Richmond, a move that will see Veneziano’s entire operation come together under the one roof. To mark this momentous occasion the First Pour will hold its last ever Latte Art Smackdown, ‘Legends’, at the Bond Street site on June 18, featuring some of the biggest names in specialty coffee, each with a personal connection to the First Pour. Current and past baristas that have worked or trained at First Pour set to compete on the night include: • Craig Simon - Think Tank Coffee • Cassie La Penna  - Central Victorian Espresso • Joe Tynan - CaféImports • Simon James - Genovese Coffee • Dave Makin - Axil Coffee Roasters • Jessie Hyde - Axil Coffee Roasters • Jade Jennings - Veneziano Coffee Roasters “The First Pour has made some groundbreaking achievements from the very beginning”, says Craig Dickson, Veneziano’s managing director. “Most notably, First Pour has been a breeding ground for talented baristas and roasters, kickstarting the careers of some of Australia’s most recognised coffee professionals, really cementing it as an industry institution”.  “In fact, we’ve seen coffee jobs evolve from the days when people simply ‘made coffee’ in what were considered temporary roles, to today’s standard that sees people carving out viable, lifelong careers, crafting coffee and becoming masters of their profession, experimenting and pushing the boundaries to produce the ultimate coffee”, he adds. “It’s a bittersweet moment for us, so many memories, but also the beginning of an exciting new chapter for what is to come. I am really humbled by the all the barista greats that have committed to attending, however I’m also not surprised. As a tight knit industry we continue to remain in touch, frequently crossing paths and helping one another out where we can”. The extensive list of current and past First Pour baristas and trainees that have graced the floor include: Dave Makin and Jessie Hyde of Axil Coffee Roasters, Erin Sampson, Jen Marks, Jade Jennings, John-Paul Sutton, Mike Wells and Cassie La Penna of Veneziano Coffee Roasters, Joe Tynan of Café Imports, Simon James of Genovese Coffee, Craig Simon of Think Tank Coffee, Will Priestley of Pilgrim Coffee, Con Haralambopoulos of Gridlock Coffee and Marichi Clarke of Red Star Coffee. Most recently Veneziano has trained Australia's current Latte Art Champion Caleb Cha of Cafenatics in his campaign to represent Australia in the World Latte Art Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. First place receives $4,000 courtesy of Pura Milk, whilst runners up will be awarded $500 cash courtesy of Da Vinci Gourmet, The Little Guy Tamper courtesy of The Little Guy and BeanScene Magazine subscriptions. LEGEND'S SMACKDOWN The First Pour - 22 Bond St, Abbotsford June 18, 5pm - 9pm Light food and drinks provided RSVP – Eventbrite “The Legend’s Smackdown” Inaugural $50K World’s Richest Barista Competition - Team Veneziano Runner Up by ONE Point! 2015-06-27T20:48:20Z inaugural-50k-world-s-richest-barista-competition-team-veneziano-runner-up-by-one-point These Australian barista professionals are Team Veneziano:  Jade Jennings, training and development manager at Veneziano Coffee Roasters;  Craig Simon, two-time Australian Barista Champion and director at Think Tank Coffee; Matt Lewin, two-time Australian Barista Champion finalist and roaster at Axil Coffee Roasters: and,  Caleb Cha, current Australian Latte Art Champion from Cafenatics and Code Black Coffee Roasters. Coffee used:  Bond Street Winter* seasonal blend, made from current harvest exclusive microlot coffees Filter coffee – Bond St Winter and Perci (Ninety Plus Coffee) Single Origin – Perci (Ninety Plus Coffee) BRISBANE - The Devondale World’s Richest Barista competition, held this weekend as part of the CafeBiz trade exhibition for the very first time and offering a prize pool of AUD$50,000, was a fierce competition between 14 barista teams from around the world.  Veneziano Coffee Roasters (VIC) finished runner up by a mere point in the final challenge yesterday won by the Natvia Sweet Team, with Espresso Room (ACT) finishing in third place. The top three teams received cheques from Devondale for $35,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. The concept behind the challenge is to reproduce the high-pressure environment baristas experience in espresso bars. They must co-operate as a team to deliver the three essential elements that coffee customers expect; fast service, excellent presentation and high quality beverages. The fast-paced format allows the judges to score immediately. The 14 teams competing in the World Richest Barista Competition were: Mocopan Coffee St Ali Family Veneziano Coffee Roasters Dramanti Artisan Roasters Team SG (Singapore) Team Gee Cafe (Beijing) Grinders Coffee Di Bella Coffee Coffeetorians Natvia Sweet Team Silver Chef Hot Shots Magnum Poolside Espresso Room Uncle Joe’s Coffee House CafeBiz engaged the high-growth coffee and cafe community of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Sunshine Coast over the weekend with coffee companies and suppliers from around Australia and overseas in a number of industry events, including latte art competitions.  The Compak Golden Bean Roasters Cup was also held in conjunction with the CafeBiz trade expo, with Marichi Clarke from Red Star Coffee Roasters (VIC), formerly of Proud Mary Coffee Roasters and Veneziano Coffee Roasters, winning the trophy. *Bond St Winter seasonal blend will be available at www.venezianocoffee.com.au/shop from June 1.   About Veneziano Coffee Roasters - established 2000 Specialty roasters and contract roasting; award winning blends, exclusive micro-lot coffees, Australia’s first specialty pod ‘Sourced’and Nitro Coffee; supporter of direct trade with producers and cooperatives;  on-site quality coffee training and education by professional champion baristas; roastery espresso bars, brew bars and coffee showrooms; home of Australian barista, latte art, cupping and roasting champions; licensed Q cuppers and World certified judge; professional espresso machines, grinders and equipment for cafe and home; Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex Coffeemakers and Inker Cups; recipient of countless roaster and barista awards and proud supplier to over 500 of Australia’s best cafes. The First Pours are located at: SA - 111 Melbourne Road, Adelaide QLD - 369 Montague Road, West End Brisbane VIC - 26 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC www.venezianocoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/venezianoCoffeeRoasters www.twitter.com/VenezCoffeeRstr www.instagram.com/VenezianoCoffeeRoasters VENEZIANO LAUNCHES ELEVATION SPECIALTY TEA AT MICE 2015-03-14T13:42:29Z veneziano-launches-elevation-specialty-tea-at-mice Veneziano proudly announces the arrival of its long awaited high-end tea offer, Elevation Tea, to be revealed at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, March 13 - 15 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.  Backed by two decades of experience in the specialty coffee business, Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson says, “When we decided to introduce a custom tea range to complement our coffee offer, it needed to meet the same strict standards we apply to our coffee. Our search has shown us that there was very little out there, so we made the decision to source and develop our own”.  No surprises then, that Elevation specialty tea is subject to the same principles as Veneziano’s coffee sourcing. This includes traceability to Origin, observing optimal harvest times (regarding tea this is typically three times a year), whilst hand picking and then sorting during pre and post processing stages allows for tight quality control.  “Where specialty tea differs to specialty coffee is the processing method. All teas commence as the same raw product, as opposed to coffee which is available as different varieties and a number of other variables that affect flavour outcome”, explains Craig.  “With tea production, it’s the processing times and methods that determine the end resulting tea type, and therefore flavours, for example whether you end up with a green or black tea, and so on. However we never lose sight of the main objective, it still remains about achieving exceptional beverage character and flavour profiles”. “It’s the all-important flavour that Veneziano was most fastidious about. Most people experience a dull, ‘baggy’ tasting tea with very little flavour as promised on the label”, he says.  High-end Elevation tea is sourced from a quality grower in Sri Lanka using completely natural growth and production protocol, and no additives are used. Only natural oils (not extracts) and herbs have been used to achieve enhance specific flavour attributes.  Further refinement of flavour also occurs with dosage, brew temperature and steep times so tea-drinkers are encouraged to experiment with these parameters in order to discover what suits their tastes, and this will differ from one tea to another.  Being almost as diverse a crop as coffee, Veneziano has come up with a range of ten natural teas including some traditional favourites as well as some exotic and fruity numbers. The result is a specialty tea that is soothing, calming, packed with flavour and great for your health. It complements any high-end beverage offer, such as specialty coffee, perfectly.  Elevation specialty tea is available as fresh, loose leaf tea, in 375gm or 200gm bags in the following styles and combinations for optimum flavour: English Breakfast - 375gm Earl Grey - 375gm Masala Chai - 375gm Gunpowder Green - 375gm Chamomile - 200gm Peppermint - 200gm Lemon and Ginger - 200gm Green Oolong - 200gm Relaxing Herbs - 200gm Equilibrium - 200gm Tea brewing across the weekend. For enquiries email: sales@venezianocoffee.com.au phone: 13 26 3333 THINK TANK SCHEDULE MICE 2015 2015-03-11T12:50:27Z think-tank-schedule-mice-2015 The Think Tank stand (next to Veneziano Coffee Roasters) at MICE, March 13 - 15, will once again feature the world’s most exclusive coffees.  Come and taste some these outstanding coffees from producer Ninety Plus. Daily we'll present two coffees to be sampled on Ninety Plus' custom three-group Slayer espresso machine and we'll offer two coffees for filter brew tasting. Meanwhile, 2015 Victorian Barista Champion Craig Simon will compete in the Australian Barista Championship with his eye on a chance at the World title in Seattle this April. THINK TANK TASTING SCHEDULE Friday Slayer Nekisse N2 Think Tank blend              Filter Tasting  Perci N2 Kemgin W2         SaturdaySlayer Nekisse N2 Perci N2                 Filter Tasting  Nekisse Red Neel N2                   SundaySlayer  Nekisse N2 Neel N2                  Filter Tasting   Hachira N2 Neel N2  The following coffees will be available for purchase:Think Tank seasonal blend. Notes: silky mouthfeel, balanced, crisp acidity, notes of marmalade, cherry and honeycomb. Nekisse N2. Origin Ethiopia: Notes: peach, raspberry jam, passionfruit, creamy, milk chocolate.Perci N2. Origin Panama. Notes: sharp cherry, juicy, carob, herbal, spiced plum, peach.Neel N2. Origin Panama. Notes: juicy, melon, gesha, orange peel, jasmine, honey.Kemgin W2. Origin Ethiopia. Notes: white peach, lime, honeydew, ginseng, carob.Hachira N2. Origin Ethiopia. Notes: juicy, elderberry, toffee, basil, vanilla, floral.Tchembe N2. Origin Ethiopia, Notes: juicy, elderberry, blackberry, toffee, basil, vanilla, floral.Nekisse Red. Origin Ethiopia. Notes: intense peach, raspberry jam, passionfruit, creamy, cocoa butter VENEZIANO SPONSOR OF LET’S TALK RELATIONSHIP COFFEE, MELBOURNE 2015-03-11T11:10:46Z veneziano-sponsor-of-let-s-talk-relationship-coffee-melbourne   Veneziano is proudly sponsoring the coffee breaks during Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee, Melbourne March 12 – 14. Veneziano’s managing director Craig Dickson will once again be presenting, on specialty Robusta at 9am on Saturday March 14. Craig presented previously at the Let’s Talk Coffee event in 2013 in El Salvador where he established a strong connection with the folk at Sustainable Harvest. It was there that Craig had said, “You guys are crazy if you don’t do business with Australian roasters. That’s where it’s all happening.” Six months later, Veneziano were signed up as Sustainable Harvest’s first Australian customer. Let’s Talk Relationship Coffee 2015 is the Let’s Talk Coffee annual supply chain event driven by coffee importer Sustainable Harvest, who pioneered the relationship coffee model. The theme of the 2015 event is ‘An Origin Experience’ and coincides with the Melbourne International Coffee Expo at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. Find out more about Let’s Talk Coffee here. https://www.facebook.com/LTcoffee/timeline Find our more about Sustainable Harvest here. https://www.facebook.com/sustainableharvest   MICE 2015: SILENT AUCTION ON FIXED TRACK BIKE, FUNDS TO ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 2015-03-11T07:06:58Z mice-2015-silent-auction-on-fixed-track-bike-funds-to-royal-children-s-hospital VENEZIANO COFFEE ROASTERS STAND @ MICE2015 –  (next to Think Tank Coffee), March 13 – 15 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. Retail: $2,200. Fancy this single speed bike? Well it could be yours! Veneziano Coffee Roasters have arranged for their very own sleek, completely customised single speed bike to be featured on their stand during MICE. Veneziano are conducting a silent auction across the MICE weekend, entrants submit a bid and the highest bidder takes home the bike. Bidding opens on Friday 13th closes on Sunday 15th at 5.00pm. The winner will be announced on the stand just after 5.00pm and also contacted via email and sms. The proceeds will be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital, with the annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal taking place only three weeks after MICE. The bike is custom created for Veneziano by Just Ride It, in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and the rear wheel will feature our ‘V wings’ logo. Single Speed/Fixed Track Bike Specifications: Frame: JRI 2015 Alloy Track Matte Black Fork: JRI 2015 Alloy Track Matte Black Front Rim: RAW 88mm Carbon – Novatec Hub Rear Rim: Custom Veneziano DYMA Disc Tyres: MAXXIS Re-Fuse 700Cx25 Black Handlebars: Venzo Red Anodized Riser Grips: Venzo Lock ons Stem: Venzo 30 Degree 70mm Black BB: Shimano 68. 107mm Saddle: GPP Black FoamCrank: Sugino Pista Black 48T Chain: KMC Single Link Race Chain Black Pedals: Wellgo MG5 Gloss Black Brakes: Campagnolo Mirage – Carbon Pads VENEZIANO AND THINK TANK COFFEE: SYDNEY ROYAL FINE FOOD SHOW SUMMER EDITION 2015 2015-03-11T06:59:00Z veneziano-and-think-tank-coffee-sydney-royal-fine-food-show-summer-edition-2015 Veneziano Coffee Roasters collected a further four medals from the Sydney Royal Coffee Competition, part of the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, over the weekend, adding to a long line of roaster awards Now in its 17th year, the coffee competition is held in February every year as part of the Summer Fine Food Show. Veneziano has entered almost every year since 2004. The Veneziano awarded coffees are: Espresso Class 1: Silver:  ‘Contract Roast’ Dark blend (7th overall) Bronze:  Veneziano Hachira Cappuccino Class 3: Bronze: Veneziano Estate Plunger Class 5: Bronze: Veneziano Juliette   In other related news sister company Think Tank Coffee, Craig Simon’s coffee consultancy, has achieved these three medals in the same competition: Cappuccino Class 3: Silver: Think Tank Seasonal blend (1st overall) Think Tank Hachira (3rd overall) Plunger Class 5: Bronze: Think Tank Neel CRAIG SIMON 2015 VICTORIAN BARISTA CHAMPION! 2015-03-11T06:55:05Z craig-simon-2015-victorian-barista-champion Craig Simon of Think Tank Coffee does it once again! We congratulate him on a well-deserved win in the 2015 ASCA Victorian Barista Championship 2015, held over the weekend (of February 8). Whilst for most of us looking from the outside in it may appear he does this with ease, and he’s certainly a man of natural talent, however it doesn’t come without it’s fare share of hard work and preparation. Craig has definitely learnt the virtues of fitting in lots of practise. For the 2015 competition period he’s been executing plenty of trials with the new season Ninety Plus coffees, and continuing to explore the hybrid processing method he inaugurated for last year’s competition with the Panama Gesha. We can’t wait to see him in the Australian Barista Championship at MICE in March. You can follow his progress and competition coffee story via social media:www.facebook.com/ThinkTankCoffeewww.instagram.com/thinktankcoffee Veneziano Coffee Roasters Appoints National Business Manager, New Role 2015-03-10T14:57:38Z veneziano-coffee-roasters-appoints-national-business-manager-new-role Media Release January 16 Specialty roaster Veneziano Coffee Roasters is pleased to announce the appointment of Lance Brown to the position of national business manager, as the company is poised for further growth and commences occupation of larger premises. The need to produce higher volumes of roasted beans due to an increase in contract roast arrangements has prompted expansion and the need for the newly created role at Veneziano, one that Lance is aptly suited to. Lance will manage larger, national accounts for Veneziano, a first for the expanding company. “We’re thrilled to welcome Lance on board. We are always looking for ways to give our customers, both current and new, a competitive edge in the market”, says Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson of the appointment. “By employing Lance in this role we are effectively providing our customers with an extra layer of service. With his detailed knowledge of the market, they stand to really benefit”. Craig adds, “Our customers are constantly telling us that the thing they like the most about Veneziano is that we’re easy to do business with. Anyone that knows Lance, and in our industry that's practically everyone, knows that he’s a great guy and he’s a natural at building business relationships. It makes him the perfect person for the role, and a good fit in the company. I can’t wait for him to get out there!”.  In a hospitality management career that spans more than two decades Lance is looking forward to embarking on this new phase of his career. He comes to Veneziano after vacating his eight-year role as national account manager for the Pura Milk brand with Lion Dairy and Drinks (a merger of former National Foods and Lion Nathan), where he grew the milk supply business to cafes from 17 million litres per year to a phenomenal 84 million litres per year.  “This is a natural transition for me, I’m really fortunate to be moving into something that I love doing; to be working with such an amazing team and a company that has the coffee skills, the best people and is driven to be number one”, Lance tells us. “With my experience in large multinational corporations, I’m looking forward to bringing more of a structure and format to the new position, that will benefit Veneziano’s future growth and direction”. While Lance himself is the first to admit that the milk business more or less sold itself in the coffee industry, he very much prides himself on delivery of service. “Delivery on the promise was the key to managing my accounts”, he explains.  “I was responsible for managing every coffee chain nationally and Lion is the only supplier able to deliver on a national basis. You need to consider that deliveries were taking place 6 days a week, every single week for the entire year. The cafes depend on the milk arriving daily in order for them to meet coffee sales or they simply can’t operate, and to not deliver was simply not an option”, Lance emphasises.  “After eight years, I can say I know the business inside out and I know everyone in it!” Lance Brown career history Lance commenced his career in hotel management and catering after studying at Melbourne's William Angliss Institute. His first job in hospitality was as general manager of the Keg chain of restaurants, followed by a role as public catering manger at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre (MEC) where he managed the home, boat, car and all other major shows hosted there.  It was at the MEC where Lance first crossed paths with Craig Dickson, state manager at  Douwe Egberts at the time. The pair developed a strong working relationship and in 1998 Lance also began working at Douwe Egberts as key account manager for Spotless, Delaware North and other large contract catering companies. Within six weeks of Lance commencing Craig had accepted a role as national account manager, vacating the state position for Lance to fill. “I still remember the coffee we drank in the early ‘90s”, Lance laughs. “They were big, meringue-y capp[uccino]s on top of some bitter, brown water. We really didn’t know much about it back then, did we?”, he jokes. Things have changed dramatically since then. In the seven years Lance worked at Douwe Egberts he saw the very first Barista of the Year Award. He also managed the “street baristas” which included names such as David Makin, Rocky Veneziano and Ben Ward. Along with his mentor Craig Dickson, these names are some of the best-known in Australia’s coffee industry, having shaped it into what it is today, inspiring a boom in specialty coffee. Lance was introduced to the Pura Milk business and National Foods (later absorbed in Lion Dairy and Drink) during his time at Douwe Egberts, so the progression across was completely natural. His eight year stint with Lion saw him managing every coffee chain in Australia, utilising his people and relationship skills to the maximum.  He also became heavily involved in the Latte Art competition, and commenced judging Australian competitions. After four years he become World level accredited and has since judged at the World Latte Art competition in Nice, France 2013, the same year Veneziano’s Jen Marks represented Australia and will judge again in 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.  “I put my hand up for it because no one else seemed interested, the latte art competition was always the poor second cousin against the barista competition”, says Lance. “It was the perfect fit for Pura Milk and I’m pleased to have been part of it, because it’s now gaining more respect in the competition world and it has its own loyal following”, he says.  “I have absolutely loved my time at Lion... I will miss the people”, he reflects. "However, I’m very happy to be leaving in a strong position and knowing that I gave it everything I could. I am definitely looking forward to some new challenges with Veneziano, being inspired by the team and forging new relationships there. Now is the perfect time”.  About Veneziano Coffee Roasters - established 2000 Specialty roasters and contract roasting; award winning blends, exclusive micro-lot coffees, Australia’s first specialty pod ‘Sourced’ and Nitro Coffee; supporter of direct trade with producers and cooperatives;  on-site quality coffee training and education by professional champion baristas; roastery espresso bars, brew bars and coffee showrooms; home of Australian barista, latte art, cupping and roasting champions; licensed Q cuppers and World certified judge; professional espresso machines, grinders and equipment for cafe and home; Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex Coffeemakers and Inker Cups; recipient of countless roaster and barista awards and proud supplier to over 500 of Australia’s best cafes. The First Pours are located at: SA - 111 Melbourne Road, Adelaide QLD - 369 Montague Road, West End Brisbane VIC - 26 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC www.venezianocoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/venezianoCoffeeRoasters www.twitter.com/VenezCoffeeRstr www.instagram.com/VenezianoCoffeeRoasters Veneziano Launches Nitro Coffee at First Pour Brisbane 2015-03-10T14:51:40Z veneziano-launches-nitro-coffee-at-first-pour-brisbane Not to be missed! Brisbane: Monday, November 24 - To celebrate the arrival of Nitro Coffee, First Pour Brisbane are holding a launch event onsite on Monday November 24 from 5.30pm. Roasters, specialty cafe representatives and industry folk are invited to come along and try Nitro Coffee. The event includes cupping of the newly arrived Ninety Plus coffees, amongst the world’s best, with Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon of Think Tank Coffee, and is bound to excite those in attendance. Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ specialty cafe and showroom First Pour at West End, Brisbane, is set to receive the first install of the newest, sought after cold brew offer, Nitro Coffee; a nitrogenated coffee beverage on tap inspired by draught beer. First demonstrated at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) on the Veneziano stand in May this year and at Sydney’s Coffee Experience in September, the Nitro Coffee concept attracted wide attention from hundreds of cafe owners all around Australia and overseas. The install marks the first of many to be rolled out across Australia. Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson says, “Nitro Coffee allows cafes to offer customers a visually exciting cold brew coffee with an alternative mouthfeel to espresso based coffees, in a whole range of serving options including, with or without milk, additions such as alcohol, flat or nitrogenated”. “Serving Nitro Coffee requires minimum effort on the part of the barista, is speedy and does not create any mess, which is another part of it’s appeal”, he explains. The multi award-winning specialty coffee roaster, together with Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon, has chosen specific microlot coffees and seasonal blends to work with the Nitro Coffee system. Craig Simon’s consultancy Think Tank Coffee is entrusted as the exclusive distributorship of Ninety Plus coffees in Australia and New Zealand. Ninety Plus is renowned for producing innovative flavour profiles and some of the world’s most exclusive coffees. Features of cold brew Nitro Coffee system: Three second pour time Consistent coffee quality in every glass Serve it black or with milk Ideal base for flavoured and alcoholic beverages Three month shelf life 100% recyclable, disposable, lightweight 20L kegs integrate easily into the retail environment Low maintenance equipment Low establishment costs Available in two tap font combination Veneziano provides the roasted and brewed coffee for the kegs, working with nitro equipment provider and maintenance company, Coffee Keg, to supply the Nitro Coffee apparatus to cafes and Xtracted Espresso Solutions for the install. The hardware consists of fonts with two taps, each allowing for nitro and flat coffee if desired and also European standard recyclable kegs for under bench placement. About Veneziano Coffee Roasters - established 2000 Specialty roasters; award winning blends, exclusive micro-lot coffees and  contract roasting; supporter of direct trade with producers and cooperatives;  on-site quality coffee training and education by professional baristas; First Pour cafe espresso bars, brew bars and coffee showrooms; home of Australian barista, latte art, cupping and roasting champions; licensed Q Cuppers and World certified judge; professional espresso machines, grinders and equipment for cafe and home; Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex Coffeemakers and Inker Cups, recipient of countless roaster and barista awards and proud supplier to over 500 of Australia’s best cafes. The First Pours are located at: SA - 111 Melbourne Road, Adelaide QLD - 369 Montague Road, West End Brisbane VIC - 26 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC www.venezianocoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/venezianoCoffeeRoasters www.twitter.com/VenezCoffeeRstr www.instagram/venezianocoffeeroasters  Veneziano’s First Nitro Coffee Installations 2015-03-10T13:15:00Z veneziano-s-first-nitro-coffee-installations Veneziano Coffee Roasters has provided the first installations of its latest innovation, Nitro Coffee; five Australian cafes will offer this product once trading resumes in the New Year. Veneziano Coffee Roasters is excited to announce the installation of Nitro Coffee, its newest cold brew offer  of nitrogenated coffee on tap, at the premises of its first client cafes in Australia. Ready to serve up Nitro Coffee from tap when they reopen in January 2015, will be: - Coffee HQ at Flinders Street Station, CBD Melbourne (VIC) - Smith Street Alimentari, Collingwood (VIC) - St Rose Cafe, Essendon (VIC) - VCR Cafe Brisbane (QLD);  - Santucci’s Cafe, Camberwell (VIC) Another installation is coming soon to VCR Cafe Melbourne in Bond Street, Abbotsford (VIC). The multi award-winning specialty coffee roaster, together with Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon, has chosen specific microlot coffees and seasonal blends to work with the Nitro Coffee system, a concept that is inspired by draught beer. “It [Nitro Coffee] has attracted a great deal of interest among cafe owners right from the outset, since we introduced the concept to the market at a couple of major coffee trade shows during the year. In fact, we were overwhelmed by the level of interest, even from overseas, which makes us very excited to be rolling it out”, explains Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson. “Nitro Coffee allows cafes to offer customers a visually exciting cold brew coffee with an alternative mouthfeel to espresso based coffees; it’s versatility allows a whole range of serving options, that include with or without milk and additions such as alcohol, or it can be served flat or with the micro bubbles”, he says. Serving Nitro Coffee requires minimum effort on the part of the barista; it’s quick and doesn’t leave a mess, which is another part of it’s appeal. Features of cold brew Nitro Coffee system: - Three-second pour time - Consistent coffee quality in every glass - Serve it black or with milk - Ideal base for flavoured and alcoholic beverages - Three month shelf life - 100% recyclable, disposable, lightweight 20 litre kegs integrate easily into the retail environment - Low maintenance equipment - Low establishment costs - Available in two tap font combination Veneziano provides the roasted and brewed coffee for the kegs, working with nitro equipment provider and maintenance company, Coffee Keg, to supply the Nitro Coffee apparatus to cafes and Xtracted Espresso Solutions for the install. The hardware consists of fonts with two taps, each allowing for nitro and flat coffee if desired and also European standard recyclable kegs for under bench placement. About Veneziano Coffee Roasters - established 2000 Specialty roasters and contract roasting; award winning blends, exclusive micro-lot coffees, Australia’s first specialty pod ‘Sourced’ and Nitro Coffee; supporter of direct trade with producers and cooperatives;  on-site quality coffee training and education by professional champion baristas; roastery espresso bars, brew bars and coffee showrooms; home of Australian barista, latte art, cupping and roasting champions; licensed Q cuppers and World certified judge; professional espresso machines, grinders and equipment for cafe and home; Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex Coffeemakers and Inker Cups; recipient of countless roaster and barista awards and proud supplier to over 500 of Australia’s best cafes. The First Pours are located at: SA - 111 Melbourne Road, Adelaide QLD - 369 Montague Road, West End Brisbane VIC - 26 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC www.venezianocoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/venezianoCoffeeRoasters www.twitter.com/VenezCoffeeRstr www.instagram.com/VenezianoCoffeeRoasters Craig Simon Presents the World’s Most Desirable Coffees 2015-03-10T13:04:55Z craig-simon-presents-the-world-s-most-desirable-coffees From November 24 - 28, Craig Simon presents Ninety Plus coffees in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in an industry only event. You are invited to be amongst the first to try the new season’s crop. Craig Simon of Think Tank Coffee will take the newly arrived 2014 harvest coffees by Ninety Plus on the road, giving specialty coffee roasters and cafes around Australia the opportunity to sample the highly sought after produce. The excitement amongst specialty coffee operators for Ninety Plus coffees was witnessed at recent coffees shows such as Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), Sydney Coffee Experience and the Golden Bean roaster competition awards, where Think Tank was swamped with enquiries and sold all product before the shows’ end.  Craig tells us that, “Interest is high for several reasons; Ninety Plus are highly regarded as innovators in flavour profiling, meaning that they try everything to their ability to influence the flavour outcomes, through the growing, harvesting and processing methods as opposed to waiting to see how the flavour profile ends up after all that is completed”.  As a result, Ninety Plus coffees display some very complex and intriguing flavour profiles and are repeatedly awarded over 90 points out of a possible 100 by internationally recognised coffee evaluation guide, Coffee Review. “Ninety Plus are known for being pedantic with every step from seedling stage all the way through to picking and processing. Crop yields are smaller than average crops elsewhere but the result is a very high quality bean on a scale from exclusive to rare, and the pricing is reflective of this”, says Craig. Interest is further fuelled by Ninety Plus’ success at world level competitions. Seven national champions used Ninety Plus coffee in the 2014 world competitions with four of them finishing in the  top eight as world finalists, including the World Brewers Cup champion Stefanos Domatiotis from Greece, fourth place-getter Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen from Norway, World Barista Champion third place-getter Christos Loukakis from Greece and Australia’s Craig Simon who finished fourth in the world. In a world first, Craig used a Ninety Plus Panama Estates coffee with a processing method he developed himself for this year's Australian and World Barista Championships. He has developed a close bond with Ninety Plus co-founder Joseph Brodsky who has entrusted Craig’s consultancy Think Tank with the sole Ninety Plus distributorship in Australia and New Zealand and as a global spokesperson. About Think Tank Coffee Think Tank Coffee is the brainchild of Craig Simon, an award-winning Australian barista and roaster. Think Tank is about collaborating with coffee producers and equipment designers to create a space where the coffee obsessed can find everything that is new or amazing in the world of specialty coffee.  As an award-winning barista and roaster (Victoria Barista Champion 2014, Australian Barista Champion 2012, licensed Q grader, Veneziano Coffee Roasters head roaster 2010-2012), Craig Simon is ready and able to pass on his knowledge including sourcing green coffee, blending and roasting to profile and the intricacies of creating a great cup of coffee at the machine. Coffee innovations represented by Think Tank Coffee in Australia include: the Specialty Coffee Association of America's (SCAA) "Best New Product”, revolutionary new Steampunk brewing system; green bean specialty coffee by producer and developer Ninety Plus; award winning notNeutral Lino crockery range and Gino dripper; and training in all aspects of coffee selection, roasting, blend creation, machine recommendations and performance, and advanced barista skills. www.thinktankcoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/ThinkTankCoffee www.twitter.com/ThinkTankCoffee www.instagram.com/thinktankcoffee Think Tank Coffee First Time Success at Golden Bean Roaster Competition 2015-03-10T05:16:19Z think-tank-coffee-first-time-success-at-golden-bean-roaster-competition Australia’s exclusive distributor and wholesaler of Ninety Plus coffees, Craig Simon’s Think Tank Coffee, won a gold and three silver medals in its first ever participation in the weekend’s Compak Golden Bean Roaster Competition in Port Macquarie.  Think Tank’s final medal tally was: Silver medal in the Milk Based category for the newly created Think Tank Coffee Seasonal Blend Silver medal in the Single Origin Coffee category for the Ninety Plus Perci Silver medal in the Espresso category for the Ninety Plus Lycello Gold medal in the Espresso category for the Ninety Plus Perci Craig Simon was very proud and humbled at the announcement of Think Tank Coffee as Best Overall –Runner Up. Think Tank works closely with Ninety Plus, a producer of limited quantities of the world's most exquisite coffees, known for their innovation in taste profiles. In a world first, Craig Simon used a Ninety Plus Panama Estates coffee with a processing method he developed himself for this year's Australian and World Barista Championships. About Think Tank Coffee Think Tank Coffee is the brainchild of Craig Simon, an award-winning Australian barista and roaster. Think Tank is about collaborating with coffee producers and equipment designers to create a space where the coffee obsessed can find everything that is new or amazing in the world of specialty coffee.  As an award-winning barista and roaster (Victoria Barista Champion 2014, Australian Barista Champion 2012, licensed Q grader, Veneziano Coffee Roasters head roaster 2010-2012), Craig Simon is ready and able to pass on his knowledge including sourcing green coffee, blending and roasting to profile and the intricacies of creating a great cup of coffee at the machine. Coffee innovations represented by Think Tank Coffee in Australia include: the Specialty Coffee Association of America's (SCAA) "Best New Product”, revolutionary new Steampunk brewing system; green bean specialty coffee by producer and developer Ninety Plus; award winning notNeutral Lino crockery range and Gino dripper; and training in all aspects of coffee selection, roasting, blend creation, machine recommendations and performance, and advanced barista skills. www.thinktankcoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/ThinkTankCoffee www.twitter.com/ThinkTankCoffee www.instagram.com/thinktankcoffee Another Successful Golden Bean Roaster Competition for Veneziano 2015-03-10T05:12:42Z another-successful-golden-bean-roaster-competition-for-veneziano Veneziano Coffee Roasters achieved five medals in four categories at the weekend’s Compak Golden Bean Roaster Competition in Port Macquarie, in the highest number of entries seen to date. The microlot coffees submitted by Veneziano successfully achieved awards in the Filter Chemex and Single Origin categories, whilst its traditional blends were recognised in the Espresso and Organic Espresso categories, in a competition where every coffee entered is judged by industry peers. In addition, Veneziano received recognition for a further seven awards for its contract roasting, for various blends commissioned by its customers in the categories of Coffee Chain Espresso and Coffee Chain Milk Based Coffee and gold medal recognition for its beans used in the Home Roaster category. Veneziano was awarded the following: Silver medal for microlot Ethiopia Nekisse - Pour Over Filter (Chemex) category Bronze medal for microlot Costa Rica Black Pearl - Single Origin Espresso category  Bronze medal for microlot Kenya Yara - Single Origin Espresso category  Bronze medal for blend Pure - Organic Espresso category Bronze medal for blend Bella - Espresso Coffee category “I am extremely pleased at the performance of our microlot coffees”, says Veneziano managing director Craig Dickson. “Particularly so because it’s a reflection of all our hard work in selecting and building direct trade partnerships with our growers”. With regards to the contract roasting Veneziano does, Craig explains, “It’s also very satisfying to be recognised for the blends we create for our customers because they are quite prescriptive in what they are looking for in their coffee, for the satisfaction of their own customers”.  “It really demonstrates our ability to partner with customers [requiring their own branded coffee blends], understanding what they need to achieve and our ability to really nail their requirements”, he says, finishing with, “After all, this can only be good for specialty coffee as consumers continue to gain an appreciation for it through wider exposure”. Veneziano has previously won numerous awards in various specialty roaster, coffee and barista competitions, having competed since its inception.  On a slightly less serious note, the Veneziano also team took out the “Best Dressed” award at the Golden Bean roaster awards dinner ceremony, during which all the medals were announced. About Veneziano Coffee Roasters - established 2000 Specialty roasters; award winning blends, exclusive micro-lot coffees and  contract roasting; supporter of direct trade with producers and cooperatives;  on-site quality coffee training and education by professional baristas; First Pour cafe espresso bars, brew bars and coffee showrooms; home of Australian barista, latte art, cupping and roasting champions; licensed Q Cuppers and World certified judge; professional espresso machines, grinders and equipment for cafe and home; Australia’s largest distributor of Chemex Coffeemakers and Inker Cups, recipient of countless roaster and barista awards and proud supplier to over 500 of Australia’s best cafes. The First Pours are located at: SA - 111 Melbourne Road, Adelaide QLD - 369 Montague Road, West End Brisbane VIC - 26 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC www.venezianocoffee.com.au www.facebook.com/venezianoCoffeeRoasters www.twitter.com/VenezCoffeeRstr www.instagram.com/VenezianoCoffeeRoasters