Competition & Events
22TH August, 2007

Competitions Galore: Australia vs The World!

Well, it has been a great few weeks for barista competitions, with the World Barista Championship and the first round of the Da Vinci Trans-Tasman Barista Championship held only weeks apart.

Our regulars might have noticed that Veneziano Caffe was running on a skeleton crew at the end of July.  Half of us were in Tokyo, supporting Australian Barista Champion Scott Callaghan in his world championship bid.  Scott delivered what we all thought was a phenomenal performance, missing out on the top six by a mere ten points out of several hundred.  We would like to offer Scottie and his roaster Dean Morgan a giant congratulations.

This year’s finalists were an interesting mix.  For the first time, none of the scandinavian countries qualified, whilst Brazillian barista champion Sylvia Magalhaes became the first barista ever to represent a major coffee producing country in the finals.  Seasoned veterans James Hoffmann from the UK, Heather Perry from the USA and Carl Sara from NZ filled up the top six, alongside Japanese representative Miyuki Miyamae and Switzerland barista champion Anna Kaeppeli.

The finalists all delivered incredibly polished performances, with the massive Australian contingent in the crowd screaming themselves hoarse for Carl.  In the end, it seemed that the second and third time competitors were at a slight advantage, with Carl coming third, Heather finishing second and James winning the competition with an exceptionally eloquent presentation.  If you are interested, there are some excellent videos on and our own photo gallery is right here.

So what do barista champions do after winning the title?  Last year’s champ Klaus Thomsen appears to be setting up a coffee roastery.  And, wouldn’t you know it, this year’s champ, James Hoffmann, has joined forces with World Cup Tasting Champion Annette Moldvaer to do the same thing.  We wish them all the best of luck and can’t wait to order some of their first roasts!

Closer to home, Australia’s Baristaroos defeated New Zealand’s Black Cups in the first round of the Trans Tasman Barista Championship.  Zoe Delany (Michelle’s Pattisserie), Con Haralambopoulos (7 Grams Cafe) and our own David Makin churned out thirty stunning drinks in seven and a half minutes.  That’s one drink every 15 second!  We are eager to see how second round, in Adelaide at the beginning of October, plays out.  Australia won both rounds of last year’s competition.

Rounding out these competitions, we would be remiss if we forgot to mention that Jack Hanna won the World Latte Art Championships, following Scottie Callaghan’s lead to keep the title on Australian soil.  Hazel De Los Reyes also put in a great effort for Australia at the World Cup Tasting Championsips, despite being in the unnerving first competitor’s spot.  Hazel identified enough cups to qualify for the finals, but narrowly missed out on time.

After all these competitions, we are still excited about the upcoming Equal Golden Bean coffee roasting competition.  To keep the Adrenaline flowing until then, Luca and Peter will face off this Saturday at 11am in a syphon coffee brewing extravaganza!


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