2009 Australian Barista Championships: Veneziano Competitors 1st Latte Art, 2nd Barista Championship and 3rd Coffee in Good Spirits

The Australian Barista Championships were decided on the Gold Coast yesterday, with a Queenslander coming up trumps.

Tim Adams, of the Sunshine Coast Coffee Academy, out-brewed 12 rival baristas from around Australia to take the title.

The competition was literally a grind – entrants had to make 12 coffees in 30 minutes and impress a panel of seven judges.

Mr Adams narrowly beat the only female finalist, Zoe Delaney, from self-styled coffee capital Melbourne, to win a trip to the world barista championships in Atlanta, Georgia, in April.

But Melbourne and the girls got their revenge in the latte art section. Erin Sampson, 27, who owns a coffee shop in Melbourne, won the competition with a champion display of precision pouring.

“Latte art is basically the milk pattern on top of the coffee,” Ms Sampson told The Courier-Mail yesterday. “If you put down a fantastic-looking coffee, it grabs the customer’s attention straight away.”

Ms Sampson will represent Australia in the world latte art championships in Germany.

We would also like to congratulate David Seng on his 3rd place in Coffee in Good Spirits

Jean-Paul Sutton
Simon James
Scott Luengen
May Jurado
Charles Skadiang
Craig Simon
For their great performances over the weekend

Look out for 2010.