Baristas wanted for AICA judging

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is calling for baristas to work at the judging of the 2018 Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA).

The AICA has become one of Australia’s leading coffee competitions for small and large coffee roasters from Australia and around the world.

Be part of the event from 7 to 9 March and support one of Australia’s leading coffee competitions. Paid positions are available for professional baristas with strong experience in coffee preparation in varying methods.

Ideal applicants must have the following skills and experience.

  • Minimum three to five years experience working as a barista
  • Experience working in specialty coffee
  • Experience of competing in a state or national barista competition
  • Have undertaken formal barista training
  • Ability to stand for extended periods
  • Ability to follow direction
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines

Two baristas with specialist skills in preparing pour over, immersion and cold brew coffees are also required.

Duties during the judging process will include preparing coffee exhibits for judging using a variety of methods, daily set up, calibration and maintenance of coffee machines, ensuring each exhibit is prepared to the highest standard and to AICA judging specifications, and maintaining an extremely clean and tidy workspace.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s leading coffee judges and top industry professionals, and surround themselves with award-winning products. Baristas will also have the opportunity to gain insight into the judging process and operation of a multifaceted roasted coffee competition.

In its sixth year, the judging of the AICA will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale, where an expert panel of judges will gather to assess entries in a variety of classes. In addition to awarding the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals in each class, judges award up to seven prestigious Championship Trophies. The AICA includes entries for espresso, milk-based, filter, pour-over and cold brew coffees.

For more information regarding the event and how to apply, click here and here. For further information, contact the Event & Competition Manager – Food at or 03 9281 7480.

Entries for the AICA competition will close on 21 February, 2018.

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