Craig Simon Wins Gold in the 2018 Australian Barista Championship
Veneziano Coffee Roasters is proud to announce Veneziano Coffee Ambassador, Craig Simon, as Australia’s 2018 Barista Champion after three days of tough days of competition at the 2018 Australian Barista Championships held at MICE, 22nd – 24th March at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Run by the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA), the Barista Championship sees each competitor give a 15-minute presentation, demonstrating their both their coffee knowledge and barista skills serving an espresso course, milk course and a signature beverage of their own invention supporting their thesis.
This is the third time Craig has won the Australian Barista Championship having also won previously in 2014 and 2012. In 2014 he went on to place fourth in the World Barista Championship.
Returning to the competition after a four-year break, Simon presented two Gesha coffees, sourced from Colombia and Ethiopia. He used these coffees to demonstrate his concept of a tasting matrix specific to coffee, which was inspired by the wine industry’s deductive tasting grid. A tool for identifying a coffee’s provenance from taste.
“By taking a systematic approach to tasting and analysing coffee, we can better understand the nature of that coffee, but also give a better and more relatable experience to customers. The deductive coffee tasting matrix is my tool for giving a consistent and cohesive experience to coffee drinkers, even when the specific flavours are ever changing.”
The coffee tasting matrix categorises primary, secondary and tertiary flavours of the coffee presented, coming from variety, growing conditions, processing and roasting.
Simon will represent Australia and Veneziano at the 2018 World Coffee Championships from the 20th – 23rd June at the World of Coffee in Amsterdam.
Jack Allisey places second in 2018 Australian Roasting Championships
Veneziano Green Bean Buyer, Jack Allisey, competed in the 2018 Australian Roasting Championship for the second year of the competition.
The Roasting Championship evaluates each competitor’s performance analysing the quality of green coffee, developing and executive a roasting profile that best represented and described the characteristics of the provided coffees. Lastly, the cup quality of the coffee is analysed in a blind judging process.
After winning the 2017 Australian Roasting Championship, Allisey says he used a different strategy to compete this year.
“I approached the competition differently this year because I had an expectation of what the three days would hold for me. I was able to start each day with a clear head and just let the coffees on the day speak to me. I was fortunate to spend some time in the lead up practicing on the official Diedrich roaster at AMC’s roastery in Sydney.”
Allisey finished in second place behind competition winner Ben Toovey from Genovese Coffee.
Jade Jennings crowned Eleonora Genovese Women in Coffee 2018 Rising Star
We’re also very proud to announce that National Training and Development Manager, Jade Jennings has been named the Eleonora Genovese Women in Coffee Awards 2018 Rising Star.
Eleonora Genovese was an inspiring leader in the coffee industry; her passion and drive uniting local and international coffee communities. Following her passing to cancer in 2015, ASCA, in collaboration with the Genovese family launched the Eleonora Genovese Women in Coffee Awards in 2016 to celebrate her contribution to the industry and recognise other inspiring women following in her footsteps.
Nominees for the Eleonora Genovese Women in Coffee Awards must be actively involved in the coffee community, be a mentor in their line of work, or demonstrate commitment to growing and supporting the Australian coffee scene. There were eight Rising Star nominees, an award presented to an up and coming female, who has made a great impression regardless of her time in the coffee industry.
As the second proud recipient of this award, Jade received the Rising Star for her contributions to the industry, spanning 12 years. Her leadership and mentor qualities, alongside her diligence and drive to become a back-to-back Southern Region Barista Champion, 2016 runner up national finalist and 2017 third place finalist in a male dominated industry has made her an aspirational figure to other women.
Of receiving the award, Jade said “There are so many amazing women in this industry and to be selected by my peers for this award is truly humbling. I feel honored by the Genovese family to be presented with an award that shares the namesake of a truly inspiring woman like Eleonora”.
Try the two coffees purchased for Craig Simon used in his winning 2018 Australian Barista Championship. This is your opportunity to try them before they are gone! Buy here.
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