Australian Comandante Championship

Ona Coffee Marrickville to host first Australian Comandante Championship

Ona Coffee has announced its New South Wales flagship, Ona Coffee Marrickville, will host the first Australian Comandante Championship in late May. The Comandante Championship is a filter brewing competition spearheaded by the coffee grinder producing company Comandante. In the competition, brewers must use Comandante hand grinders to advance through a series of rounds using various brewing devices.
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Matthew Lewin of Ona Coffee wins 2019 Vitasoy Australian Barista Championship

It’s taken six years for Ona Coffee’s Matthew Lewin to declare himself the Australian Barista Champion, and now he can. Two-time Australian Barista Champion Hugh Kelly of Ona Coffee placed second, and Anthony Douglas of Axil Coffee Roasters placed third in the prestigious event, which took place in front of a packed crowd at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo from 7 to 9 February. After competing in the Australian Specialty Coffee Association Vitasoy Australian Barista Championship finals for the past six years, the one trophy lacking from the Ona Coffee Barista Trainer’s cabinet was the big one, first place.
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Teo Jo-Hann of Laika Coffee wins Western Australian AeroPress competition

Teo Jo-Hann of Laika Coffee Roasters has won the 2018 Western Australian AeroPress Championship, co-hosted by Laika and Micrology Coffee Roasters on 7 September. “I participated in the 2017 WA Regionals and that was my first AeroPress competition. It was such a fun event I decided to participate again this year,” Jo-Hann says. Gary Sawyer of Coffee Fusion was runner up and Phil Warnes placed third.
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Victorian barista Kevin Lim crowned Soul Origin Latte Art Champion 

Some of Australia’s best baristas and latte artists came together in Martin Place on 27 July to compete in Soul Origin’s National Barista and Latte Art Championship for 2018.  Victorian barista Kevin Lim from Chadstone proved he has the company’s best latte art skills, winning the Soul Origin Latte Art Championship and Eddy Siew placing second. Along with his title, Kevin has won a personal latte art master class with 2018 Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Australian Latte Art Champion Shinsaku Fukayama of St Ali. 
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New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship

Stuart Hargie and Leo Li claim NZ Championship titles

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) has crowded Stuart Hargie and Leo Li National Champions for 2018. Stuart Hargie of Jacobs Douwe Egberts won the 2018 New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship in front of a packed crowd at L’affare Melrose in Auckland on 27 July. A record 34 competitors slurped their way through multiple triangulations to uncover New Zealand’s most accurate and expeditious coffee cupper.
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Danny Wilson of Ona Coffee wins Australian CIGS Championship

Danny Wilson of Ona Coffee is the 2018 Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Champion. Jay Lee and Chanho Hong, both of Normcore Coffee Roasters, placed second and third respectively.   “It’s super exciting to win,” Danny says, Senior Roaster at Ona Coffee. “I had the chance to go to Seoul, South Korea with Hugh Kelly assist in his WBC preparation last year, which was pretty inspiring, and now I get to represent Australia on the world stage. It’s amazing.” Danny has competed in the barista competitions for the past five years and placed sixth in the Australian Barista Championship finals in 2017.   He attempted the Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Championship (CIGS) four years ago, and was thrilled to hear of its return.
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Soul Origin to host National Barista Championship in Sydney

Sydney will host Soul Origin’s National Barista and Latte Art Championship in Martin Place on 27 July. This year, a total of 154 Soul Origin baristas across the country participating in the Barista and Latte Art Competition.   The coffee chain’s top 10 baristas and top eight latte artists will fly to Sydney to compete in the national finals. 
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World Barista Champion Carimali

Agnieszka Rojewska becomes first female to win the World Barista Championship

Agnieszka Rojewska of Poland has won the 2018 World Barista Championship (WBC). Agnieszka, a veteran of multiple coffee competitions across the globe, triumphed over 55 other baristas to become the first woman ever to win the title. Lex Wenneker of The Netherlands was runner up, Mathieu Theis of Switzerland was third place, Michalis Katsiavos of Greece was fourth, Cole Torode of Canada was fifth place, John Gordon of New Zealand was sixth place, and Craig Simon of Australia finished in seventh place.
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