Shinsaku Fukayama of St Ali ready to compete in World Latte Art Championship

Australian Latte Art Champion Shinsaku Fukayama of St Ali is ready to share his talent with the world. The two-time ASCA Australian latte art will make his way to Brazil on 3 November to participate in the World Latte Art Championship (WLAC), taking place at International Coffee Week in Belo Horizonte from 7 to 9 November. “When I said I wanted to be a champion five years ago I meant it,” Shin says. “I’m ready. I’m so close now and extremely happy with what I’ve achieved to get to this point. I’m so happy. I dreamed big and my dream to compete on the world stage is nearly a reality.”
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Central Region Coffee Championships

ASCA Central Region Coffee Championships on this weekend

The 2019 Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Central Region Coffee Championship will take place from 20 to 21 October. Held at Specialty Coffee Curators in Marrickville, New South Wales, this is the third regional of the 2019 competition season. The Central Region Coffee Championship will see the best baristas from NSW and the Australian Capital Territory combine to compete in the Barista, Latte Art, Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters competitions.
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ASCA says game on

It’s competition season once again.For the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Board, this is one of our favourite times of the year. We love feeling the excitement of our members and experiencing the passion of the competitors.  The 2019 ASCA regional championships kicked off on 15 September with the Northern Region, followed by the Southern Region from 13 to 14 October, Central Region from 27 to 28 October, and Western Region from 3 to 4 November.  If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to head to your nearest championship to see what our incredible barista community is capable of. It’s impressive to see a new generation of talent coming through the ranks, and repeat offenders who believe that persistence pays off, and indeed it does.
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Australian Brewers Cup Champion Heath Dalziel prepares for World Championship

Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Australian Brewers Cup Champion Heath Dalziel is preparing for the 2018 World Brewers Cup, to be held in Brazil from 7 to 9 November. Heath, of Third Time Lucky, won the National Brewers Cup title in March at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. He is currently in Canberra, training with 2017 World Brewers Cup runner-up Sam Corra. He has also worked with 2014 Australian Brewers Cup Champion Devin Loong, and 2015 World Barista Champion and Ona Coffee Founder Sasa Sestic.
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ASCA Western Regionals to be held at Double Shot Coffee Fiesta

The City of Unley in South Australia has announced it will hold its annual Double Shot Coffee Fiesta at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens on 4 November. “The City of Unley is endorsing South Australia nationally as a coffee destination and breeding ground for new talent,” Acting Unley Mayor Peter Hughes says. “The newfound appreciation for quality coffee has been made more accessible thanks to Double Shot’s connections with industry favourites.” The festival will include the Australian Specialty Coffee Association 2019 Western Region Coffee Championships, held in the Unley Town Hall, for the third year.
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Jack Simpson of Axil Coffee Roasters wins ASCA Southern Region Barista Championship

Jack Simpson of Axil Coffee Roasters has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Barista Championship, held at Criteria Coffee in Victoria from 13 to 14 October. I was not expecting to win,” Jack says. “I spilled an espresso and had to remake a handle. “I wasn’t sure how that was going to go. Obviously, I’m glad I remade it.”
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Zhao Ting Wu of Cote Terra wins ASCA Southern Region Latte Art Championship

Zhao Ting Wu of Cote Terra Coffee in Oakleigh, Melbourne, has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Latte Art Championship, held at Criteria Coffee in Victoria from 13 to 14 October. “This has been a very long journey,” Ting Wu says. “It feels good to finally achieve what I wanted.” Aum Phithakphon of Hardware Société placed second and Victor Vu of Veneziano Coffee placed third.
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devin loong of Ona Coffee

Devin Loong of Ona Coffee wins second ASCA Southern Region Brewers Cup Championship 

Devin Loong of Ona Coffee has won his second Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Southern Region Brewers Cup Championship. David Train of Code Black Coffee placed second and Shen Choy of Cote Terra Coffee Roasters placed third in the competition, held at Criteria Coffee in Melbourne. “I’m so happy I got to use the same coffee I used at this year’s National Brewers Cup Championship and do it justice,” Devin says. “I was really sick at nationals. I couldn’t smell the aroma nor taste the coffee, and I had no voice. I had to reply on my team to present the flavour descriptors. Thankfully, I did well and I did it justice today.”
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