raw qualities of coffee

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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Australian Specialty Coffee Association

ASCA President Kieran Westlake on its new board

Another year of Regional Championships have been run and won. In my first column as ASCA President, I’m pleased to report that the standard of Australian competition grows ever higher, as evidenced by the outstanding routines showcased by baristas around the country these past few months. I’m especially proud of our 2018 ASCA Australian Champions who competed at the World Championships in Brazil. 
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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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ASCA’s schedule of events for community growth and education

Just like that, we’re over halfway through 2018. It’s incredible to think that shortly, ASCA regional championships will be starting again. We know many of you are looking forward to competing, and vying for the ASCA top 12 national rankings in the Australian Barista, Brewers, Cup Tasting, Latte Art, and Roasting Championships. The announcement of this year’s top 12 built anticipation and healthy rivalry ahead of the nationals, and we’re keen to see who will shake things up again.
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