Over the last month The Australian Specialty Coffee Association has been hosting national coffee competitions all across Melbourne crowning the countries top baristas to take to the world stage.
To kick off the competitions was the Pura Latte Art Championship that was held at The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on the 4-5 March. Ben Morrow of Sensory Lab took out first place followed by Shinsaku 'Shin' Fukayama, also of Sensory Lab in second place and Jibbi Little of Skittle Lane in third place.
Ben Morrow will now go on to represent Australia in the World Latte Art Championships in Shanghai, China, from 29 March – 1 April.
On the 10th of March The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) hosted the 2016 Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Championships. The competition was held at the Panama Dining Room in Melbourne's Fitzroy with a great turn out of supporters. Shae Macnamara of Grinders Coffee managed to win the top spot, Mikael Jasin of Operator 25 café came second and Will Priestley of Pilgrim Coffee came in third place.
Shae will be representing Australia in the 2016 World CIGS Championship in Shanghai, China from 29 March – 1 April.
The 2016 Australian Brewer’s Cup Championship and the 2016 Huhtamaki Cup Tasters Championship was held at Veneziano Coffee Roasters in Richmond on the 11th March. In the Australian Brewer’s Cup, Devin Loong of Melbourne’s Slater’s Bench took first place, followed by Archie Chiu of Code Black Coffee Roasters in second and David Kim from Auction Rooms in third place.
The 2016 World Brewers Cup will be held in Dublin, Ireland on the 23-25 June.
The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Huhtamaki Cup Tasters Champion was Hyunsuk “Harry” Ko from Dukes Coffee Roasters, in second place was Michael Raffoul of Monastery Coffee and Frankie Shi of Tulip Shi placed. Third.
The World Cup Tasting Championship will take place in conjunction with The World Coffee In Good Spirits Championships and The World Latte Art Championship at Hotelex in Shanghai, China from 29 March – 1 April.
ASCA hosted the 2016 Australia Barista Championship at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo from the 17th -19th of March. After the open heats on Thursday and the Semi-Finals on Friday the top 6 Baristas in the country battled it out in the Finals on Saturday for a ticket to the world stage in Dublin, Ireland.
In first place was Hugh Kelly of Ona Specialty Coffee trained by the current world champion Sasa Sestic, Jade Jennings of Veneziano Coffee Roasters took out second place followed by Matt Lewin of Axil Coffee Roasters in third place.
Good luck to all the competitors in the 2016 World Championships!!