Australia’s Hugh Kelly places fifth in World Barista Championship

Ona Coffee’s Hugh Kelly has placed fifth in the 2017 World Barista Championship (WBC).

Hugh was the top-ranked barista leading into the Semi Finals after day one of heats, impressing the judges with his new take on milk texturing and use of dry ice to cool his espressos.

Hugh was selected as one of the top six baristas to compete in the Finals on 12 November, and the first to take to the stage in the final round, followed by the national barista champions of Hong Kong, the United States, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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