Cafe Corporate Blog

  • Café Corporate – Perth Coffee Roasters

    Decaf - Owl OnlyWe could not be more excited to announce the launch of Little Owl, our very own artisan coffee roasters.

    After years working with some of the best roasters in Australia, the boss, Tony, decided that he can do it better. He felt had the team (that’s us), the customers (that’s you) and the passion (that’s all him) in place to roast our own incredible coffee, and he has done just that.

    After months of set-backs and paper work and more importantly tinkering and tasting, our Head Roaster, Lloyd, has struck gold with a fantastic Signature Blend and a range of single origins that’s as diverse as it is delicious.

    Little Owl

    You can buy our new range online here at Café Corporate by going to our Little Owl Coffee page or even at littleowlcoffeeroasters.com.au (coming soon). We understand you might not be as excited as we are, but that’s only because you haven’t tasted the coffee.

    For tastings, advice or larger orders please call us on 08 9330 1577. Alan would love to hear from you and we know Tony loves nothing more than talking coffee.

  • Jura Giga X7 Professional

    Giga X7The Giga X7 Professional is a fantastic high output automatic coffee machine. Designed for quick service of great tasting coffee, the X7 combines the ease of a capsule coffee machine with the superior taste and flexibility of your own Barista. With the power of two grinders, two heating systems and two pumps the Giga X7 Professional prepares all your coffee favourites, two at a time.

    The X7 can handle the demands of any office or small restaurant/cafe without the normal fuss involved with high capacity machines. Jura's, award winning, TFT display and rotary selection system makes choosing your coffee easier than ever, simply select your choice using the clear icon display and away you go.

    Grinders

    Quiet, low wear ceramic grinders produce a finer grind giving you a better extraction for your espresso and better tasting without the noise.

    Cleaning

    Looking after your Giga X7 could not be easier. Jura’s integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programmes keep your machine running better and for longer and ensure your coffee machine comply with all Health & Safety Standards.

    Customisable

    With a wide range of options and accessories from cup warmers and milk coolers to accounting programmes and storage units, your Giga X7 can transform from a top quality coffee machine to a full service coffee station.

    For more information or to order your Giga X7 today go to the Giga X7 product page or call us today on 08 9330 1577

  • Special Offer - Jura XJ9 Professional

    Jura XJ9 Special Offer

    Jura’s Impressa XJ9 Professional is one of our best-selling automatic coffee machines. With touch-of-a-button Cappuccino/Latte Macchiato as well as milk and hot water functions the XJ9 has been servicing offices and restaurants in Perth for years.

    Well it just got even better! If you order the XJ9 before September before 25th September we will give you a Jura Cool Control Milk Fridge and a $500 discount. That’s a total saving of $659.

    All you have to do is follow the link to our XJ9 Coffee Machine Offer page, add the XJ9 and the 0.6l Cool Control to your shopping cart and you will receive your discount when you check out. Alternatively you can call us on 08 9330 1577 or come in and see us. Just tell our team that you saw the deal on our website and make the most of this fantastic offer.

  • How Does Fair Trade Coffee Affect Farmers, Consumers and the Environment?

    Fair TradeHave you ever wondered where exactly the coffee beans that you brew each morning come from? We are very conscious of the importance of using and selling fair trade beans but what exactly does it mean?

    What is Fair Trade?

    Fair trade is a type of economic system that benefits both the consumers and the producers. It connects the two parties in an equal, meaningful and sustainable manner. The Fair trade movement was founded on seven basic principles created by the Fair Trade Federation. These principles are as follows:

    Fair Wages

    Each producer who participates in the fair trade industry, will receive fair wages to help them and their families survive. This doesn’t mean that the fair trade products are more expensive though. Fair trade organizations often bypass the middleman that big corporations employ, so they are able to cut costs and form lasting relationships with their consumers.

    Cooperative Workplaces

    Fair trade organizations are often small businesses that are run by families or small associations. This helps bring money to the whole community, and benefits all of the workers.

    Consumer Education
    All fair trade organizations strive to educate consumers about the importance of purchasing fair trade products that support both fair wages and healthy working conditions.
    Environmental Sustainability

    The world’s ecosystem is in a precarious condition right now, and fair trade organizations understand the importance of producing products in environmentally sustainable ways.

    Financial and Technical Support

    Many small-scale farmers and artisans around the world lack the funds they need to start a business, but fair trade federation members help provide them with financial and technical support by buying their products. They also offer assistance to the producers whenever necessary.

    Respect for Cultural Identity

    Fair trade organizations help producers create products that are unique to their culture and adapt them to the Western market.

    Public Accountability

    The finances of the Fair Trade Federation members are open to the public, which gives them a sense of accountability at all times.

    Benefits of Fair Trade Coffee

    The benefits of fair trade businesses are truly endless. The farmer, consumer and the environment all benefit greatly.

    • Fair trade coffee farmers often receive increases in their annual income, which helps them stay out of debt, build their business’s infrastructure, and become self-sufficient.
    • The consumer benefits from buying fair trade by empowering the farmers, taking part in a social justice movement surrounding economic trade, and by positively impacting the lives of coffee farmers and their families around the world.
    • Finally, the environment also benefits greatly from the fair trade movement. Small farmers utilize organic farming methods, which are more environmentally friendly and sustainable than using pesticides. They also disperse their plants all throughout their region, to help enrich the soil with nutrients.
    • Overall, fair trade businesses offer sustainable models for doing business which look out for the interests of all parties involved.

Now that you know all about fair trade coffee, the next time you reach for your morning cup of Joe, grab a cup from the little guys. You can get started by going to our Fair Trade Coffee page for all the brands we can guarentee are ethically sourced. This list will grow and change as we work hard to ensure the ethical source of our beans.

  • The Jura Brand

    Jura (Swiss Made)Jura have dominated the automatic coffee machine market in Europe for nearly 3 decades, becoming synonymous with quality coffee and machinery and we are proud to be their official WA retailers. But what is it that keeps them so far ahead of the competition?

    Design

    Jura are world renowned for their design and innovation. Their craftsman are consistently leading the way in new technologies and the sleek lines and clean surfaces of their coffee machines, synonymous with the Jura brand, are still winning awards today. Already in 2014 they have won awards for the Impressa F8 and A9, their Wireless Cool Control and the Giga 5 has added to the 5 awards it has won since its initial release in 2012. Their design mantra is for their products to look fresh and unused after years have passed and winning these internationally renowned design prizes is simply confirmation and encouragement.

    Coffee Quality

    SER_emo_work_3.tifWith the rise of Australian coffee culture, the expectations of the drinker have become even greater. We now expect to be able to drink great tasting, speciality coffee drinks wherever we are even at home or in the office. Jura are leading the way in this rapidly growing market, with the focus on customisable, delicious and most importantly simple coffee. With their award winning TFT and rotary selection systems selection could not be easier but also their state of the are brewing and delivery technologies serve fantastic coffee suited to your own personal preferences. Their sole focus throughout design, testing and production is to ensure their machines produce the best possible cup of coffee.

    Sustainability and Eco-Intelligence

    Jura’s machines are designed to stand the strains put on them. With simple maintenance and cleaning your Jura coffee machine can keep going for years and years. This stems from Jura’s commitment to what they describe as Eco-Intelligence and Sustainability. From production to the customer Jura avoid waste of resources at all costs. They pursue a consistent policy of developing energy-saving technologies with automatic on-off switches and a patented Zero-Energy switch has made their stand-by function as efficient as any automatic coffee machine on the market today.

    After over 70 years making coffee machines, Jura are continually leading the way with their long lasting machines. The build quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail in their automatic machines are still streaks ahead of the competition and they are showing no signs of slowing down.

    For more information or to buy one of Jura’s automatic coffee machines go to our Jura Machines page.

  • The Rise and Evolution of Capsule Coffee

    E.S.E. Pod: Capsule Coffee To-Go

    The popularity of capsule coffee has exploded in the past 4-5 years with Nespresso dominating the market in Europe, and Keurig dominating the U.S market. People are drinking up the opportunity to get their coffee fix in a much more convenient way than ever before. A report by Statista in 2013, showed Keurig held the largest coffee market share in the U.S beating our Starbucks by more than double.

    E.S.E., or Easy Serving Espresso, enables drinkers to brew a single serving in a specialty machine. Brewing Espresso is a handcrafted technique that requires skill, as well as time. With E.S.E. Pods, the mess is contained within the pod, and the machine does the work for you. A cup of java becomes consistent, hassle-free, and nearly instant.

    E.S.E. Pods Evolve

    The cost of single serve coffee brewing devices and their capsule coffee refills, is more than the traditional coffee process requires. One cost factor was buying the proprietary disposable pods. Capsule coffee has changed since 2012, when companies saw the opportunity and began to provide reusable capsule coffee containers. This removed the problem of limited coffee choices and improved the sustainability factor.

    Traditional vs. Capsule Coffee

    Although great improvements are being made to E.S.E. Pods and capsules, it is still hard to let go of grinding freshly roasted beans of your choice and brewing it your way. Traditional brewing allows time for steeping, which provides rich coffee goodness. E.S.E. Pods brew very fast and do not allow the same full flavor to be extracted, although they do make a decent enough cup very conveniently. There may be a perfect time for a cup of coffee made from E.S.E. pods, and another time to slow down and enjoy a traditionally brewed cup of coffee.
    Single Serve Showdown

    For those interested in a capsule coffee machine, Nespresso is hoping to hit it big in the U.S. by releasing a new machine just for North Americans. The Vertuoline is targeted at American coffee drinkers, all the way down to the design. It offers larger servings and new technology that claims a more full bodied coffee result. There will be a capsule coffee showdown in 2014 between Keurig and Nespresso, which will come down to who makes the better cup of convenient coffee.

  • Jura Giga X9 Professional

    FrontWith the power of 3 thermoblocks and 3 pumps, this incredible coffee machine prepares the full repertoire of speciality coffees at the touch of a button.

    In professional catering, speed matters – and multiple heating and fluid systems deliver higher hot water output, up to 30 litres an hour. A large water tank and coffee grounds container allow for flexible and mobile use of the GIGA X9 Professional. If mobility is not an issue opt for the plumbed X9c, the same powerful precision without the need to refill.

    Features

    New Steam Lance

    Professional barista steam lance froths milk in a matter of seconds. The built-in sensor continuously monitors the temperature and automatically switches off when your milk is perfect.

    Cleaning/Hygiene

    The Giga X9 is as easy to care for as it is to operate. The integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programmes allow you to just sit back and enjoy your coffee.

    Accessories

    Transform the Giga X9 from a coffee machine to a tailored coffee station with a wide range of accessories. Keep your cups warm and your milk cool or even install an interface for your accounting system.

    For consistently great tasting coffee simply go to the Jura Giga X9 Professional page or call us on 0893301577

  • Subiaco Cafe Implements Faulty Pay for Performance Model

    Subi CafeHow would you feel if your boss started docking your pay when you made a mistake, but with the consequence being a dock in your pay? A delay? $10 dock. Show up late? $100 dock. If you were a really bad employee, you might end up owing money at the end of the week. Well this is exactly what was happening at a Subiaco Cafe. Would you still do business with them? Let’s take a closer look.

    In the case of the Subiaco Coffee Shop, 4 employees experienced this kind of management and became fed up. Employees had been charged for in-house cooking lessons/demos and had been docked pay for issues like $12 for delivering a cold pizza, or $18.90 for a hair being found in a pizza. In result, they reported their manager to the Fair Work Ombudsman and the story has generated quite a bit of controversy.

    This cafe owner has been fined and his actions found to be unlawful. The law states that wage deductions can not be made if an employee has not agreed in writing, and if it is not for their benefit. Deductions can only be made if allowed by a court order, a law, or under an employee award or registered agreement. (read more here. The question is whether the owner’s tactics were fair or not.

    In my opinion, the idea of deducting wages is not necessarily unfair, as long as they are reasonable and the guidelines are clearly outlined. The rules and regulations should be communicated and agreed upon beforehand, in a written agreement as required by law, in order to be fairly and uniformly enforced.

    Imagine you show up late to work and get docked $100, then your co-worker burns a pizza and gets docked $15. Obviously you should get to work on time but £100? Also, the ambiguity is unfair and in benefit of only the owner. Outside of the legal implications, the problem in Subiaco is a lack of a defined system of consequences coupled with outrageous rates. It is not fair to deduct pay without a standard that applies to everyone and, as always, the punishment must fit the crime. While it may be an effective system when implemented correctly, it is counter-productive when employees cannot trust their employer.

    In conclusion, a well-motivated staff results in good public relations and can hence lead to good public opinion about the business. Nobody wants to hear about people being unfairly treated, hence the uproar. Staff members are the first customers; if they are not satisfied with the treatment they are getting from their boss, it will reflect on the business’s front line customer service. With that in mind, it is of the best interest to everyone if a fair and transparent system of expectations and consequences is agreed upon by all parties; be it a compensation plan with deductions for being late, or extra commission made on delivering results. For Subiaco Café customers, whether you want to do business with them remains your choice. Maybe the owner will learn his lesson and this controversy will motivate him to think his management strategy through to benefit the employees, customers and owner.

  • The Benefits Of Automatic Coffee Machines

    I recently got into a discussion with our head roaster about automatic coffee machines. Lloyd is a purist and coffee fanatic and without trying to toot our own horn, one of the best baristas I have ever met. In essence, he is as close to a figurehead for the argument against automatic coffee machines as there could possibly be and I was waiting for a tirade against automating the art of coffee making. However, even he has come around to the use of automatic machines and admitted they ‘have their place’.

    Obviously the best coffee is made by an experienced, trained barista controlling every aspect of the shot and adding their own signature flair to each cup, but that is not what the automatic machine is competing with. Automatic coffee machines are not supposed to replace baristas but simply act as a substitute when there is not one at hand.

    The improvements in automatic coffee machines over the last few years have been quite remarkable with companies like Jura and WMF leading the way, automatic machines have gone from offices to homes and even to hospitality professionals.

    Why buy an automatic machine?

    Speciality Coffees

    Enjoying a speciality drink, does not mean you can make it. Without a coffee machine you are limited to pots of brewed coffee. An automatic coffee machine gives you all the speciality drinks you want at the touch of a button.

    Make Fresh Coffee

    Gone are the days of making a pot of coffee and leaving it percolating on the hotplate for hours on end. This over-brewing will destroy the taste and leave you with little more than a sour caffeine injection.

    Use Fresh Beans

    Roasted coffee beans will hold their freshness much better than after you grind it. The grinding process will release the oils and flavours that give coffee its taste. An automatic coffee machine should have an in-built grinder which grinds the coffee to order each time you use it. This gives you a fresh tasting coffee each time you use it.

    Free Choice of Coffee

    Your automatic machine can still use any beans you want. You can still treat yourself to an exclusive roast from an artisan roaster or test new beans you found in a market, the possibilities are endless.

    Speed

    Automatic coffee machines are getting faster and faster with some preparing cappuccinos in under a minute.

    Consistency

    An automatic machine is programmed to make coffee to pre-set specifications. Although this scientific approach may take the ‘heart’ out of coffee making, it means there is no room for the mistakes that untrained coffee drinkers will make.

    Safety

    It's certainly more an issue for offices, but safety can be a real concern when using a manual machine. The process of manually making coffee involves plenty of hot water, often steam being fired out of a hot metal wand. I am not suggesting that your employees can not use a kettle, but accidents happen and the larger the more coffees you make the more scope there is for injury.

    If you would like more information or to purchase an automatic coffee machine for your business or home then get in touch or go to our coffee machines page.

  • Jura Z9 – Plus X - Best Coffee Machine

    Jura Impressa Z9 - Award copyUsers of the Jura Z9 will already know that it is one of the best coffee machines in the automatic domestic market. Well the people at Plus X tended to agree, awarding Jura awards in four categories making it the best fully automatic coffee machine of 2013. Now, with our new blogging capability we can finally tell you all about just how great they thought it was.

    The IMPRESSA Z9 was recognised for: the superb quality of the coffee, the fascinating design, the sophisticated operation and the extremely high degree of functionality. A Plus X award is one of the most important innovation awards for technology, lifestyle and sports. To win an award a product must show at least one “Plus X” factor and the Z9 showed 4.

    Jura - Award Winners

    This is just another case of Jura surpassing the rest of the automatic coffee machine market, their cutting-edge technology and excellent energy management all fit within their concise and simple yet elegant design, at least that was the sentiment of the Plus X judges. They were especially impressed with the high resolution TFT colour display and Rotary switch coffee selection system which makes choosing your coffee easier than ever and the new, faster and more efficient Aroma+ grinder.

    Recognition

    We know that he Z9 is fantastic domestic coffee machine and has now been recognised for how easily it produces its fantastic coffee. Jura are a highly awarded brand, with their focus being on useful innovations. They employ some of the top coffee experts and technicians in the world who spend their time researching and testing new features that make the best coffee machine possible for the user and most importantly, the drinker.

    For more information or to buy yours today go to the Jura Z9, use the contact page product page or call us on (08) 9330 1577

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