Even if you wanted to contribute to the Carbon Tax, as a business, you would need to front up the the Federal Government seeking a big green elephant stamp, having being audited on your credentials right down to if you stock fair trade sourced coffee beans in your cafeteria. The introduction of a carbon price in Australia is not about saving the planet - it is about introducing a carbon price. I can agree that we *may* need a mechanism that the Government of the day can ramp up, should the rest of the world want to get serious on taxing (some) polluters, but the tax alone wont do anything to save our planet. If you want to learn about a solution that just might work, for only a few billion dollars, read 'Super Freakonomics', by Steven Levit, a Universitiy of Chicago economist.
If you have the unpleasurable experience of hearing my incesant whining about the cost of delivery in Australia, either in person, or through my Twitter stream, you will know how passionate a topic it is to me. I frequently purchase goods online, usually from overseas and find myself laughing nervously at two points in the transaction. The first is when I track my item from the East Cost of USA, taking three days to, having traveled 7000kms to arrive at Alexandria for distribution domestically - only to then wait a further 7 days for the item to travel the final 200kms. The second laugh is when I purchase something from Asia, the total cost of the item, INCLUDING international delivery costs less than sending that same parcel to my next door neighbour. Its a fact - delivery efficiency and cost in Australia is out of whack. I beleive the future of online retail includes Free Delivery. Its a tough call, and I am happy to be proven wrong again, but for the simplicity and benefit of Bay Beans customers, I am going to give it my best shot.
If you are lucky enough to be enjoying Bay Beans coffee at office or cafe, you will be pleased to see the introduction of bulk discounts for the entire product range. Now you can purchase 10kg or more of coffee beans and recieve a generous 40% discount, plus of course, no charge for delivery. There is no messy application process.
Baristas spill the beans on making the perfect cup
Nothing goes better with a good book than a freshly brewed cup of coffee. For starters, coffee — as with wine — varies greatly in flavors, acidity and even texture. Roasting plays a role in the final flavor of the coffee, but so does the region in which the coffee was grown. One of the most significant factors on flavor involves the area in which coffee beans are grown. Latin American coffees are “familiar", with a clean finish and flavors of nuts and cocoa. Beans grown in African and Arabian regions are crisp and citrusy. Often coffees grown in this region contain floral aromas and hints of berries. Asia/Pacific coffees tend to be most robust in flavor and contain..... (Click through to the Bay Beans blog to read the full story)
Bay Beans congratulates the Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide winners
Congratulations to the winners named in the 2011 Good Cafe Guide. Best cafe is awarded to Mecca Espresso in Ultimo with best coffee being awarded to Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville. The Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide 2011 costs $14.95. On Saturday, it will be sold for $5 at selected newsagents with The Sydney Morning Herald. For a list of participating newsagents, see smhshop.com.au/cafeguide. (For the full story, click through to the Bay Beans Blog)