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Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments

Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments

Changes to JobSeeker and Jobkeeper payments will come into effect form 25 and 28 September, respectively. Since March, JobSeeker payments have been effectively doubled to $1,100 a fortnight by a coronavirus supplement. From today, the supplement will fall to $250...

Congratulations to Australia’s best designed cafes!

Congratulations to Australia’s best designed cafes!

The 2020 ​Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist has been announced, revealing the most exceptionally designed hospitality venues across Australia and New Zealand. The Best Café Design shortlist includes: The Garden Room – Maytree Studios – Brisbane City, Queensland Will...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Devin Loong

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Devin Loong

When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?The 2012 Victoria regional barista competition was my first competition. I didn’t know any better and took only 3 weeks to prepare. What inspired you to take part?I wanted to improve myself as a barista and a friend...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Lloyd Thom

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Lloyd Thom

Second-seeded #ASCATop12 Cup Taster Lloyd Thom of Campos Coffee shares how experience on both sides of the bench prepared him for competition. When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?I first competed 10 years ago in the NSW Barista competition. I’ve...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Sarah Jin

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Sarah Jin

The multi-skilled Sarah Jin of Extraction Artisan in Queensland has not only topped the 2020 Brewers Cup #ASCATop12, but made an appearance on the Vitasoy Barista Championship list. When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?My first ASCA comp (Brewers Cup)...

Saturday 22 August is World Plant Milk Day!

Celebrate the goodness of Vitasoy’s Café for Baristas Soy, Almond and Oat – the plant milk that is perfect for your coffee. Vitasoy has been growing milk since 1940. Its Café for Baristas range is proudly Australian grown and made. Visit vitasoycafe.com.au for...

Stay strong, a message from ASCA President Kieran Westlake

Stay strong, a message from ASCA President Kieran Westlake

A setback is not the same as failure. It’s just a learning opportunity for us to strengthen and move forward with renewed commitment. At time of writing, a return to stage three restrictions in Melbourne [and now stage four] has returned many businesses and...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – David Train

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – David Train

Southern Region Brewers Cup Champion and #ASCATop12 top seeded brewer David Train talks about how he has grown as a coffee brewer and professional thanks to competition. When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?My first ASCA competition was the Southern...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Alice Park

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Alice Park

#ASCATop12 member Alice Park reveals her journey from latte art enthusiast to champion of the Central Region. When did you begin competing in ASCA championship?My first competition was the 2018 Central Region Championship.  What inspired you to take part?My passion...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Charlie Chu

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Charlie Chu

Charlie Chu of St Ali shares why it was more than first time luck he won the 2020 Southern Region TCX Cup Tasters Championship. When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?The last Southern Regional TCX Cup Tasters was when I competed for the first time. What...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Anthony Douglas

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Anthony Douglas

Southern Region Barista Champion and 2020 #ASCATop12 member Anthony Douglas reveals how competitions have helped him along his coffee journey. When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?I started competing in 2014. What inspired you to take part?The previous...

ATO releases tax time toolkit to help small businesses

ATO releases tax time toolkit to help small businesses

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a tax time toolkit designed to help small businesses and their tax advisers. The toolkit packages up a series of easy-to-understand fact sheets on topics that small businesses need to know this tax time, especially...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Hugh Kelly

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Hugh Kelly

Former Australian Barista Champion and current top-seeded competitor, Hugh Kelly of ONA Coffee, discusses overcoming early challenges and the power of espresso. When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?I started competing in 2012 in the ACT Barista...

Vitasoy shouts coffee for staff at local hospital

Vitasoy shouts coffee for staff at local hospital

Dairy milk supplier and Barista Championship sponsor Vitasoy made it possible for every Albury Wodonga Health staff member to grab themselves a free coffee for the first 19 days of June. Staff members at the hospital could head to any one of the three onsite cafés and...

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Yanina Ferreyra

Meet the 2020 #ASCATop12 – Yanina Ferreyra

Reigning Australian Brewers Cup Champion and 2020 Brewers Cup #ASCATop12 member, Yanina Ferreyra of Project Origin, talks getting into competition and what she’s learned along the way. When did you begin competing in ASCA championships?The Barista competition in 2016...