The weekend began with the repechage competition, a second chance for competitors to win a spot to compete in the finals. Once again, we were extraordinarily proud of our competitors. The results were:
1st Con Haralambopoulos
2nd Erin Sampson
3rd Cassie Ann Lawry
5th Simon James
As a result, Con won the right to compete in the finals and though Erin was not eligible to win, she competed as a calibration competitor for the judges.
Con took the adventurous step of presenting a cold signature drink. His mixture of espresso, mocha paste, hazelnuts and espresso ice cubs was presented in a perfect sphere of ice. Unfortunately, this proved to be his undoing and leaking spheres forced him down to third place.
David upped the ante and lowered the temperature even more with a palate cleanser made by extruding a raspberry mousse from a foaming cannister into liquid nitrogen. This was followed by a warm, foamed concoction of espresso, raspberry vinegar and chocolate ganache, served in a test tube. David’s performance was spot on, with the highest technical scores we have ever seen in a barista competition. David took home second place, with Scott Callaghan from Sydney winning by a matter of points. Queensland’s Anne Cooper took third place, adding the achievement to a year in which she trained her 100th barista!
Erin surprised even herself with a performance that didn’t miss a beat. As a calibration competitor, she was not eligible to place, but did receive her scores. Suffice to say that our money is on her next year.
We wish Scottie the best of luck in Tokyo this year and look forward to supporting him with the rest of the Aussies who make the trip.