New Zealand coffee reigned supreme at the Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA), taking home five of seven trophies, including Champion International Roaster.
Coffee Tech from Auckland, New Zealand was awarded Champion Direct Trade Coffee, Champion Espresso, Champion Milk Based Coffee, and Champion Soy Based Coffee, in addition to the Champion International prize for their aromatic blends.
The Champion Australian Roaster trophy was awarded to Danes Specialty Coffee, making 2019 the second year in a row that the New South Wales roaster took home the prize. The winner of the Champion Filter Coffee was awarded to fellow NSW group Darks Coffee Roasters.
Conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the AICA was the first international coffee roasting competition in Australia, receiving 805 entries from 151 local and international coffee roasters including coffees from Australia, NZ, China, Greece, Hong Kong, the United States, Maldives, and more.
“The ACIA is a terrific example of our vision to identify the best of the best in the food and beverage industry. The esteemed awards garner overwhelming interest and submissions from coffee roasters all around the world and we look forward to continuing to distinguish and celebrate award worthy coffee for years to come,” RASV CEO, Paul Guerra says.
A total of 330 medals were awarded including 15 gold, 100 silver and 215 bronze, over three days of judging which took place at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 20 to 22 March, with a panel of industry experts led by Head Judge Melissa Caia assessing the entries.
“The AICA are an important measure used to recognise the high level of coffee quality within the industry. The awards ultimately drive coffee buyers to look for products that have had industry professionals critique the roasts and blends to give their quality approval. It drives the roasting profession and entrants to keep developing their processes and continue to look for ways to improve the products they are selling, ultimately providing the highest quality of coffee to the public,” Melissa says.
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