The Alternative Dairy Co. crowns Alternative Barista Smackdown QLD champion

Alternative Barista Smackdown

Jake Huang of The Single Guys Café has won The Alternative Dairy Co.’s final heat of the Alternative Barista Smackdown, which took place on 4 May at Barista Technology Australia in Queensland.

Juan Escobar of Parallel Roasters came in second place and Snowie Jeon of Blackbird Specialty Coffee in third, who flew in especially from Cairns to compete.

The event attracted over 70 spectators as 30 baristas went head-to-head in the plant-based smackdown.

As in the previous four smackdowns, each barista competed in a knockout format with three different Alternative milks, with the best out of the three being the overall winner.

Jake’s pegasus pattern with oat milk was the deciding pour that won him top spot and $1000 in prize money.

Judging the smackdown was Amy Zhang, current ASCA Australian Latte Art Champion, Alex Milosevic of Extraction Artisan Coffee Roasters and Jon Laker of Tim Adams Specialty Coffee.

The grand final for The Alternative Barista Smackdown National tour will take place on 15 June at Veneziano Coffee Roasters in Richmond, Victoria.

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