Single O: International Coffee Day with a history-making, splurge-worthy cup

Sydney coffee pioneers Single O are excited to bring a record-breaking coffee home from Ethiopia. The Rumudamo coffee was the number two winning lot from the first ever Ethiopian Cup of Excellence earlier this year, and Single O were lucky enough to pick up a few kilos of the magic beans to bring home and roast for Aussies to try.

The coffee will be released on International Coffee Day on Thursday 1 October, at a splurge-worthy $20 per cup at Single O Surry Hills and 19 of their partner cafes and restaurants around the country including Cutler & Co in Melbourne, The Spot Specialty Coffee in Brisbane, Bread and Butter in Tasmania, Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, Rosebery and Byron Bay, and Single O Surry Hills and Sydney CBD. What better way to celebrate coffee than with a historic cup of its very best.

The Rumudamo coffee was purchased at auction by Single O and a few other world class buyers globally, earlier this year at the first ever Cup of Excellence (the “Oscars of coffee”) competition to be held in Ethiopia. In what was a ‘perfect storm’ for quality specialty coffee- the combination of excitement about the 20th anniversary of the world’s most prestigious coffee awards, the awards being held in the birthplace of coffee and arguably the world’s leading producer, Ethiopia, and there being more entrants than normal, caused new price records to be set left, right and centre. And that’s only good news for growers and coffee-lovers the world-over.

 Single O have worked for many years to do more for the producers they work with and support better prices in the industry. It made sense for them to be involved in the historic auction and do their bit to support the industry and growers, at the same time as bringing coffee-lovers a taste of a very special coffee.

Single O head of coffee Wendy De Jong says “We are pinching ourselves that we are able to participate in this historic Ethiopia auction and bring Winning Lot #2, out of 1,459 total entries, to coffee fans in Australia. This coffee was awarded an incredible 90 points by the International Jury, and blew us all away at our staff cupping with its incredibly sweet and dynamic fruit flavours, and was our unanimous favourite.

Beyond an incredible taste experience, what the Cup of Excellence program has proven over its 20 year history is that there is always quality to be discovered, even in countries you think you know well. Single O is proud to be a small part of this important moment.”

So here’s the reason to get excited: drinking a cup of this amazing coffee is not only a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’s sending a clear message to coffee producers worldwide that ‘your work is highly valued, keep investing in quality, and coffee drinkers will gladly pay more for it.’

There are only about 3,000 cups that will be served around Australia, with 396 numbered bags, and those who order Rumudamo will receive a special coaster to keep as a memento of their history- making experience. They will also get some background on the coffee itself and why it’s so special.

This $20 cup is the price-lifting, feelgood coffee of the year, with Rumudamo’s manager Bogale Woldehana saying “Our hard work has paid off and we are so happy and grateful.”

Single O will celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1 with the release of Rumudamo Ethiopia COE #2 served as a v60 pourover. The coffee will be served with a full barista-guided experience at the café brew bar, giving customers the opportunity to learn more about the coffee. Select Single O partner cafes across NSW, QLD, VIC and TAS will also be offering a synchronised first taste of this history-making coffee.

To have the opportunity to be one of the first to order a bag of Rumudamo, join Single O’s community by signing up to their newsletter –

Source: Single O

Autore Pearls new fashion jewellery line, Autore Moda

Ruby Autore, daughter of South Sea Pearl Industry leader, Rosario Autore, has launched new jewellery line Autore Moda.

A new addition to The Autore Group of Companies, Autore Moda is the latest player in South Sea pearl fashion jewellery. Launched in early 2020, the Australian based company believes in accessible luxury, and with a fresh take on the market, Autore Moda pieces embody a chic design aesthetic.

With their eye on a new demographic, Autore Moda has taken a different path to sister brand Autore Pearls, focusing on fashion orientated jewellery, ranging from simple designs to bold statement pieces.

This October, Autore Moda is releasing their first seasonal collection, Elements. Inspired by long summer days spent abroad, the collection is fun, distinctive and fresh. Autore Moda’s classic collection, Base, is a curation of timeless pieces which can be worn from day to night, and are the perfect accessory for any outfit.

Autore Moda uses a range of high quality materials in their jewellery, each selected to best suit the design and to compliment the gemstones used including Diamonds, Sapphires and the most coveted of all pearls, South Sea pearls. Combined with these precious stones, the brand uses beautifully crafted Sterling Silver, Gold Plated, Gold Vermeil and 9k Gold in their pieces.

The largest and most valuable of all pearls, The South Sea pearl is a labour of love, spending 2 years growing in some of the world’s most pristine waters. Autore Moda sustainably sources all South Sea pearls used in their jewellery from the affiliated Autore farms located in the crystal clear oceans along the coastlines of Australia and Indonesia.

Founded in 1991 by Rosario Autore, The Autore Group is one of the largest South Sea pearl companies in the world, and is a vertically integrated operation, from the farming process, to the wholesale market, to the final piece of jewellery.

Autore Pearls provides quality-assured luxury jewellery and South Sea pearls right from the source harvesting in excess of 350,000 pearls per annum from the companies owned and operated farms.

Autore Pearls has played a key role in expanding the pearl jewellery market by designing unique jewellery collections achieving international recognition through numerous jewellery awards and celebrity placements on some of Hollywood’s hottest including Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johannsson and Halle Berry.

Source: Autore Moda

Workout Meals: Sydney mum of two has a different way to provide meals for the family

Australians were all enthusiastically baking bread in the first COVID lockdown, this time around, ‘cooking fatigue’ has set in as food delivery orders spike.
The owners of Workout Meals – one of the first ready-made meal company’s in Australia believe cooking fatigue is behind a huge surge in orders for pre-prepared tasty nutritious meals, with many too tired to prepare food let alone decide what to actually cook.

 Workout Meals Co-Founder Tomi Jurlina said, online orders doubled in March when lockdown happened and in the past week, they have seen orders triple with demand in Victoria strongest. 
“We started the business nearly a decade ago when there was little to no competition and niche demand, but it seems COVID has led to pre-prepared meals becoming part of the norm at the dinner table, said Mr Jurlina.

 “We’ve sold 100,000 meals since March, with the most popular dish being chicken parmigiana and any meal with cauliflower rice, as some trying to shift weight are mindful of carb intake,” Co-Founder Dean Deakin added.
“The average cost of a pre-made meal is between $8 and $13 which is often more affordable than eating out costing upwards of $20 for a nutritious meal.”

 Workout Meals Nutritionist Gemma Daley said, there is a definite shift away from frozen foods to fresh pre-made meals with no artificial additives or preservatives as people become increasingly health conscious.
“People are also realising fad diets that don’t allow carbs, dairy or are mostly protein only result in short term weight loss, hence are opting to eat everything in moderation for long term results,” said Mrs Daley.

“Meal preparation is key to staying on track with healthy eating, but not everyone has the time which is where ready made fresh nutritious meals come in handy.”
Workout Meals was founded in 2012 by two gym enthusiasts, one who couldn’t cook, and realised there was a market for pre-made healthy food. Most of the ingredients for the Workout Meals are sourced locally from an organic farm on the NSW Central Coast, offering a menu of over 50 meals to choose that can be tailored to your fitness goals. They are delivered to over 3000 locations.

Naomi Campbell, Kitty Spencer & Jon Kortajarena attend BVLGARI'S Barocko HJ event in Rome

Bvlgari has hosted an exclusive, intimate event, at stunning Palazzo Colonna, to introduce celebrities, press and VIP clients the upscale one-of-a-kind pieces of the Barocko collection: Bvlgari’s contemporary, sophisticated and creative interpretation of Rome’s signature Baroque art and architecture movement, which flourished in the Eternal City in the 17th and 18th century.

 In keeping with the inspiration, Bvlgari decided to stage the event – which was organised in accordance with all the required safety measures – at iconic Palazzo Colonna, one of Rome’s largest and most antique private palazzos.

The construction of the building started in the 14th century and lasted for five centuries. During the 17th century, the Colonna family tapped some of the most prestigious artists of the time, including Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Antonio del Grande, Carlo Fontana and Paolo Schor among others, to transform it into an authentic Baroque gem. During that period, the Colonna family also commissioned the creation of the majestic Galleria Colonna.

Before immersing themselves into the world of Barocko, the event’s guests had the chance to enjoy a tour of Palazzo Colonna, before reaching the palazzo’s garden. Immersed in a green paradise, they attended an haute couture-inspired runway show. Twenty models took the catwalk wearing some of the most iconic pieces of the Barocko collection, whilst the orchestra of Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, one of the oldest musical institution of the world, performed as the sun set over Rome.

A high-profile range of celebrities flocked to Palazzo Colonna to attend the event including Naomi Campbell, Jon Kortajarena, Matt Dillon, Kitty Spencer and Poppy Delevingne.

After the show, guests were invited to a sophisticated dinner in the garden, where chef Emanuele Scarello surprised them with a menu created by Emanuele after having carefully studied the magnificent world of Bulgari and its link with the Baroque. 

Source: Bvlgari

Three New BVLGARI Barocko High Jewellery Watches Unveiled

Bvlgari Watches introduces Barocko, a new collection that pays homage to the unbridled magnificence of Rome’s artistic and architectural heritage, as expressed with a daring that could only come from the Roman Jeweller of Time. Historically, the baroque movement began as a rebellion from the strict lines of classicism, a heady embrace of exotic motifs and unapologetically exuberant themes. Channeling this drama and grandeur, its sense of movement and abundance, Barocko is as complex and unpredictable as anything Bvlgari has ever created.

With these new exclusive High-Jewellery collection and High-end Watch creations, the brand telegraphs a message of hope and optimism. Vibrant colors, extraordinary light effects, fanciful shapes and exquisite details convey a sense of joy and positivity, which spreads all over the world.

“Barocko means “meraviglia”, that is “marvels”, “illusions”. It means “filling empty space with new proportions”. At Bvlgari, we are always inspired by Italian beauty, and by the uniqueness of Rome.”Fabrizio Buonamassa, Bvlgari Product Creation Executive Director

The three Barocko timepieces represent a new pinnacle for the Roman Jeweller of Time. The first masterpiece, the High Jewellery Lady Arabesque secret watch, is designed as a set with the Lady Arabesque necklace, which is exquisitely crafted in the Bvlgari High-Jewellery Atelier in Rome, and the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Arabesque. The Arabesque shape is a key figure in baroque architecture, a touchstone of the romantic eclecticism that defined the era’s churches and palazzi. The third watch creation, the Serpenti High-Jewellery Baroque Pearls secret watch, draws on the theatricality of baroque, evoking the gorgeously textured pearls and lace that adorned the fashions of the time and gave designs a sense of intricacy.

The High-Jewellery Lady Arabesque secret watch is crafted in pink gold with a single round rubellite measuring just under 12 carats, nearly 30 carats of pink sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines, emeralds, and some 13 carats of variously cut and pavé-set diamonds. The brilliant jewels recreate the richly textured lace that was a hallmark of Baroque, a delicate and daring execution that relies upon Bvlgari jewellery-making expertise.

The Octo Roma Arabesque follows a similar aesthetic, embellishing the 44mm case with a baroque embroidery of pink sapphires, tourmalines, emeralds and diamonds. As the thinnest Tourbillon on the market, the insides of the watch are no less impressive, and feature the mechanical manufacture caliber BVL 268. It is a juxtaposition of minimalism and maximalism and a triumph of technical expertise.

Baroque’s iconic aesthetic, defined by sinuous lines, voluptuous shapes, intricate complexity and unpredictable fascination, is revisited through the Serpenti Misteriosi High-Jewellery Baroque Pearls secret watch. An upscale, one-of-a-kind piece within the Barocko collection, set with emeralds, Akoya pearls and diamonds, the piece is meant to rewrite the rules of High-Jewellery design and manufacturing and to pay homage to the Perla Scaramazza.

An irregular natural pearl that is all the more spectacular due to its uniqueness and imperfect shape, it was used in jewelry during the Baroque Period (XVI – XVII) and eventually baptised the “Baroque pearl”.

One of the most complex pieces in the Barocko collection, this creation required 2,300 hours to complete. Diamond pavé swirls channel the baroque inspiration, as do the over 220 pearls that embellish the incredibly supple bracelet. Chosen and matched for consistent color and size, the pearls alternate with diamond-set rings to demarcate the piece and align with the iconic Serpenti aesthetic. A rare cabochon-cut emerald of over 12 carats hides the snow-set diamond dial.

Making their debuts parallel to the High-Jewellery collection, each Barocko masterpiece exudes harmony, grace and beauty, establishing the line as a collection of upscale, one-of-a-kind watch creations that vibrate with the vivacious hues of an enchanted kaleidoscope. Each is a symbol of Bvlgari’s boundless commitment to beauty, positivity and joy.