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A special bean scene

Like its namesake, the specialty coffee scene in Australia is special. The convergence of coffee professionalism and café culture is unique, and Australia is recognised across the globe for its standards for quality. Certainly, this has contributed to the growth of specialty coffee, with more consumers opting to buy specialty coffee beans. In fact, the retail market for independent roasters has skyrocketed, and specialty coffee can even be found lining mainstream supermarket shelves.
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A pure start: The Arte of coffee making at home

“The Arte is the perfect starter machine for anyone keen to get into barista coffee-making at home,” enthuses Craig Simon, of Criteria Coffee. “I love the simplicity of this machine. It focuses on quality fundamentals and comes at a reasonable price. It’s light, it’s small, and it makes great coffee.” Craig is referring to De’Longhi’s recently launched La Specialista Arte, a manual machine designed to provide an authentic barista experience for the home user. And according to the multi-award-winning barista champion, the Arte delivers on this perfectly.
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A Criteria for quality, in the bag

“Anyone can learn to roast but what we’re about is a more holistic definition of what it means to be a successful roaster,” explains Craig Simon, the brainchild behind Criteria Coffee, a co-roastery and education space for coffee businesses who wish to learn the craft of roasting and all that it encapsulates – from the raw materials to the bag packaging.
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Fit for the grind: Discerning the raw qualities of coffee

A remarkable coffee experience is contingent on the raw materials used. And for three-time Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon, there’s much joy to be had in the exploring of coffee. “The flavours of coffee are so varied and unique, and sometimes you just have that truly amazing experience, which you wouldn’t have had without continuing to explore,” says Craig, who is also Head of the Australian Roaster’s Guild. “It’s the raw materials you’re essentially drinking. So, invest in a great piece of equipment and then spend the rest of your time exploring those great raw materials and how to get the best out of them in the coffee making process.”
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2018 Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon has a game plan

Competitions are one of the most rewarding growth experiences available to a barista. They’re scary, fun, tough, and competitive, but highly worth trying to benchmark your skills and putting yourself in a challenging position.  The hardest part about starting your competition campaign is knowing where to start. Competing can be quite a daunting process: standing up in front of a panel of judges, displaying your skills to professionals and in some cases, presenting a speech with the countdown clock and flashing cameras in your peripheral. The key to starting your competition preparation, however, is to do just that – start. 
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Calvary Hospital Adelaide wins 2018 Hudsons Coffee Barista Competition

Vincent Photisen and Mali Phialathyotha from Hudsons Coffee Calvary Hospital Adelaide have been crowned the 2018 Hudsons Coffee Barista Champions. Following a national tour consisting of more than 52 heats, finalists gathered at Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters in Coburg North,Victoria, to compete in the National Barista and Latte Art Championships. 
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Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon’s long way to the top

Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi once said that champions are made from something they have deep inside of them  – a desire, a dream, a vision.   One person who knows this well is three-time Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon who returned from the 2018 World Barista Championship (WBC) in June ranked seventh in the world.  Naturally, Craig says there’s disappointment in his result given his countless hours of preparation and financial investment, but the result is yet another learning curve and another experience to add to his competition career, spanning more than a decade.
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Craig Simon of Veneziano Coffee makes Semi Finals of WBC

Craig Simon of Veneziano Coffee Roasters will compete in the Semi Finals of the 2018 World Barista Championship (WBC) on 22 June. Craig competed in the first round of heats on 21 June at World of Coffee in Amsterdam, taking to station three with a 15-minute routine that had the judges drinking their milk beverages with straws and swirling Craig’s signature beverage like they were at a wine bar. 
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