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World Barista Champion

Hugh Kelly places third in World Barista Championship

Australia’s Hugh Kelly of Ona Coffee has placed third in the World Barista Championship finals on 26 October at Host Milano.

Hugh completed another standout rendition of his routine, which introduced the judges to the potential of the Coffea eugenoides and Coffea liberica species, the use of frozen metal rocks, compound chilling, and Eugenoides fermentation.

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Diego Campos of Colombia crowned World Barista Champion

Diego Campos of Colombia has been crowned the 2021 World Barista Champion.

Andrea Allen of the United States was Runner Up, Hugh Kelly of Ona Coffee and Australia placed third, Emi Fukahori of Switzerland placed fourth, Martin Shabaya of Kenya placed fifth, and Wojciech Tyler of Ireland placed sixth. Read more

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Matt Winton of Switzerland wins World Brewers Cup

Switzerland’s Matt Winton has won the World Brewers Cup.

Daiki Hatakeyama of Japan was runner up, Elika Liftee of the United States won third place, Carlos Escobar of Australia and Toby’s Estate Coffee placed fourth, Ply Pasarj of Canada placed fifth and Tomas Taussig of the Czech Republic placed sixth in the final round. Read more

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ATO releases tax time toolkit to help small businesses

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a tax time toolkit designed to help small businesses and their tax advisers.

The toolkit packages up a series of easy-to-understand fact sheets on topics that small businesses need to know this tax time, especially given the tax implications of COVID-19. Read more

Service Sphere to unify roasters with launch of Bean Barn coffee hub

Coffee machine importer and service provider Service Sphere has launched an online platform to unite Australian coffee roasters in a one-stop-shop for consumers to purchase their coffee products.

“Retail coffee sales are on the rise, opening a whole new opportunity for roasters to reach consumers who still demand top-quality coffee while isolating and working from home,” says Maurizio Marcocci, Managing Director at Service Sphere. Read more

Jooyeon Jeon World Barista Championship

Jooyeon Jeon of South Korea wins 2019 World Barista Championship

Jooyeon Jeon of Momos Coffee in South Korea has become the second female barista to win the World Barista Championship (WBC).

Taking over the title from 2018 WBC winner Agnieszka Rojewsk of Poland, Jooyeon was overcome with shock and emotion upon the final announcement at the Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Boston, United States on 14 April. Read more

Jia Ning Du World Brewers Cup

Jia Ning Du of China wins 2019 World Brewers Cup

Jia Ning Du has become the first Chinese barista to win the World Brewers Cup (WBrC).

It was third time lucky for Jia on the WBrC stage, winning the prestigious title on her third attempt, having represented China in 2016 and 2018.

“I’m so overwhelmed right now but at the same time my mind is blank. I’m feeling so many different emotions,” Jia of Uni Uni Coffee tells BeanScene Magazine.

“I honestly thought I’d never have the opportunity to represent my country on the world stage. It means a lot to China’s coffee industry. It’s the first time a Chinese barista has competed in this category, got into the final, and won.” Read more

Australian Barista Champion Matthew Lewin advances into Semi Finals of 2019 WBC

Matthew Lewin of Ona Coffee has made it through to the Semi Finals of the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC) with the highest scoring espresso after two days of heats.

The announcement was made at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre in the United States at the end of the first day of the Specialty Coffee Association Expo, taking place until 14 April.

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