ASCA heads to origin

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Barista Guild is planning a trip to origin – in Australia.

For the first time, the Guild is coordinating an origin trip from 2 – 4 September, and is seeking interested members.

“This is a great opportunity for baristas and the wider coffee community to explore origin in our own backyard, minus the overseas price tag,” Head of ASCA South Regional Barista Guild David Boudrie says. “The trip is a chance for people to get up close with coffee production, network with industry members, and get first-hand education about our country’s own coffee production.”

The proposed agenda includes a farm tour at Wirui Estate on the Saturday, where participants can taste local and international coffees, engage in in-depth discussions about Australian coffee growing conditions, industry structure and quality and supply capabilities.

David Pealey, Agronomist and industry advisor will present an overview of Australia’s coffee growing history and development, and provide an update on his recent trip to Colombia on behalf of the Local Growers Association seeking new varietals to grow in Australia.

On the Sunday, the tour group will travel to Byron Blue Coffee estate for a farm tour where they will experience a detailed inspection of the farm’s wet and dry mill equipment and facilities.

A visit to Marvell Street Roasters in Byron Bay will take place in the afternoon, to conclude a complete crop to cup experience.

The trip will cost $600 per person (to be confirmed). Places are stickily limited at 15 people, at a first come first served basis.

For more information about the trip, see the Southern Region Barista Guild Facebook page:

Those interested in the origin trip are encouraged to register an expression of interest to David at

If enough interest is expressed, David will coordinate further instructions and payment details.

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