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Jamaica Blue crowns national champions from WA

From the July 2017 issue.

Jamaica Blue’s Baldivis store baristas in Western Australia have won the company's national barista competition.

The event took place over two days at Jamaica Blue’s headquarters in Sydney. Finalists from around the country competed in challenges such as the latte art wheel of death, in which competitors had to replicate three latte art patterns; and the service contest, where they had to prepare 20 coffees in 10 minutes.

Dan Chidley, who has worked at Jamaica Blue Baldivis for the last four years, along with his barista partner Mack Trehern, took home the winning title and will compete at the Australian Coffee Chain Championships, taking place later this year.

“It’s an honour to win Jamaica Blue’s barista competition and be considered one of the best baristas throughout the country by such a prestigious panel of judges. I particularly enjoyed taking part in the latte art competition as it is both challenging and fun to accomplish," Dan says. "Joining a team to defend the national title for Jamaica Blue is such a fantastic opportunity.”

Jeremy Regan, Head of Coffee at Jamaica Blue was impressed by the high standard of competition.

Every year we raise the bar and the baristas all did tremendously well in a high pressure scenario. Each barista produced beautifully designed, flavourful coffee at speed and showed the energy, practice and care they bring to Jamaica Blue,” Jeremy says.

Owned and operated by The Foodco Group, Jamaica Blue founded in 1992 and now has 130 cafes around Australia.

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Image: National champion Daniel Chidley and Mack Trehern from Jamaica Blue Baldivis

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