Riverina Fresh has launched the Home Barista Challenge to see how people have been enjoying their coffee at home during isolation.
All entries go in the running to win a La Marzocco Linea Mini or one of two Mahlkonig Grinders, courtesy of La Marzocco and AMC Roastery Supply respectfully.
The Australian-owned dairy company is asking home baristas to simply upload a video to their Facebook or Instagram, and tag @riverinafresh and #homebaristachallenge to show the judges how home baristas have been making their coffee during isolation.
Some examples of the types of entries that could be considered include:
- The way you grind your beans to create the best tasting coffee,
- Your coffee set-up,
- Your morning coffee routine,
- How to get the perfect shot of espresso, and
- How you create your latte art.
- Take a video of how you’ve been perfecting your coffee at home. Give a shout out to the coffee you’re using and why.
- Upload your video to your Facebook profile or Instagram profile – this can be in the form of a post or a story.
- Tag @riverinafresh and #homebaristachallenge
Milk-based entries need to use a Riverina Fresh milk to be considered.
Riverina Fresh is widely available in cafés across New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, as well as Woolworths and independent retailers across NSW. Riverina Fresh can be contacted for the nearest distributor, café or retailer.
“This competition communicates Riverina Fresh’s desire to support the specialty coffee industry by asking consumers to support their favourite roasters and local cafés by purchasing their coffee, and using it in their entry to show-off their at-home coffee making skills,” says Riverina Fresh CEO Rob Collier.
- A La Marzocco Linea Mini coffee machine valued at $5990 for the winner
- A Mahlkonig E65S Espresso Grinder valued at $3150 for the runner up
- A Mahlkonig Vario Home Grinder valued at $860 for third place
Riverina Fresh’s Home Barista Challenge videos will be reviewed by judges, with winners selected based on the best coffee set-up, coffee technique and process, and creativity of the submission.
Entries are now open and close 9am on 3 June. Judging will take place from 5 to 8 June with a winner announced on 10 June.
The competition is one of many initiatives Riverina Fresh is conducting to support the specialty coffee industry through the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown across the country.
On 13 May, the dairy company hosted Home-ground: Live with Australia’s Specialty Coffee Expert, a live webinar chat with leaders of several of Australia’s most prominent specialty roasters. The video is available to watch on Riverina’s Facebook and presented interesting and informative insights from the group discussion.
The group, representing brands including Ona Coffee, St Ali, Danes Specialty Coffee, Toby’s Estate and Seven Miles Coffee, explained how they have managed to navigate their business over past few months during the coronavirus pandemic. They also outlined some of the opportunities for the specialty coffee industry as we emerge from the restrictions.
“It’s our desire to support the speciality coffee industry and consumers along with our partners from the coffee industry. It’s a time to support your roasters, local cafés, and local baristas,” says Rob.
For more information, visit www.riverinafresh.com.au