Expat Roasters senior coffee roaster Sermy Samma has won the 2019 Indonesia Roasting Championship, which took place from 24 to 27 at Food and Hotel Indonesia in Jakarta.
Organised by the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia, these awards are a platform to highlight the countries best baristas, roasters and coffee professionals.
Shae Macnamara, Founder of Expat Roasters and 2016 Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Champion, says Sermy winning this title is directly in line with Expat’s commitment to training and education.
“I know first-hand the hype and pressure that comes with competing, but I truly believe it’s a valuable way to push yourself in your role and get you out of the day to day routine,” Shae says.
“It’s an opportunity to increase skills and stay in touch with what’s happening globally in the specialty coffee market.”
The competition saw more than 30 coffee roasters enter where they had to partake in three rounds – green bean grading, sample roasting, production roasting and blending various single origins.
“Part of my reason for opening Expat Roasters in Indonesia was because I saw an opportunity to not only showcase the specialty coffee grown here but to mentor young baristas and roasters to be some of the best in the world,” Shae says.