"More than 150 people gathered to cheer on the 24 barista competitors in three knockout rounds, testing their latte art, sensory and brewing skills.
In the first round, ‘Pour Party’, competitors went head-to-head, spinning a wheel to determine what latte art shape they will pour. The judges awarded token points for creativity, contrast, and symmetry.
In round two, ‘Slurp It’, the 12 remaining baristas battled-it-out using their sensory skills. Just like a cup tasters’ competition, there were three cups – two identical, one different – with five triangulations. Competitors had five minutes to complete the round. The top six most accurate and fastest baristas continued into the final round, ‘Do you W60?’"
"A career barista's dreams of opening a cafe have come true, with the added sweetener of going into business with players from his AFL team.
Jordan Faulkner is co-owner of Whiplash in Hawthorn, along with recently retired Collingwood defender Jordan Roughead and current Pies players Nathan Murphy, Callum Brown and Brody Mihocek. Faulkner's former boss, Eamon Sheahan, is also on board."
Daniel Shadbolt of Veneziano Coffee Roasters is heading to World of Coffee in Milan to represent Australia in the World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC), taking place from 23 to 25 June.
A week out from the competition, Daniel is barely feeling the nerves. Rather, he has remained calm and collected, and is relishing the anticipation of competing on the world stage.
“The whole prospect of travelling internationally again is one thing, but I have no idea what it’s like competing in a world championship, so this is a new experience for me. I’m just grateful I get to do what I enjoy, and think it’ll be a great experience,” Daniel says.