Third series of Barista & Farmer commences 3 May

The time has come for barista Rosey Hill of D’Angelo Coffee in Adelaide to represent Australia in the third series of the Barista & Farmer talent show in Brazil.

For 10 days, Rosey will join nine other international baristas from 3 – 13 May and live the life of a coffee producer at O’Coffee company, located in Pedregulho, in the Alta Mogiana region in Lambari, Minas Gerais.

Barista & Farmer is a project created by three-time Italian Barista Champion Francesco Sanapo, in partnership with Rimini Fiera, Sigep, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. The talent show is dedicated to the promotion and the culture of specialty coffee.

The third edition of Barista & Farmer will focus on environmental sustainability and the promotion of the coffee supply chain.

The 10 finalists will wake up at sunrise each day and spend their morning on the farm. They will participate in challenges such as coffee picking, weighing and using a depulping machine. In the afternoon they will attend classes at the Barista & Farmer Academy to learn about subjects such as botanics, agronomy and applied chemistry in the field of coffee. Classes will also focus on coffee production methods, roasting, green and coffee sensory, tasting sessions, and field demonstrations.

Baristas will also be given the opportunity to visit the Lambarì community, which since 2010 has been involved in Lavazza’s the sustainability project ¡Tierra! to improve the social, environmental and production conditions of major coffee-growing countries.

Cameras will follow the baristas each day, which will later be broadcast on A documentary of this edition will also be realised.

More than 200 application entries were received for the 2016 edition of Barista & Farmer. The lucky baristas selected for their skill and talent include Guido Garavello from Italy, Miguel Angel Vera Fernandez from Venezuela, Jesslyn Evani from Indonesia, Nikolaos Kanakaris from Greece, Olga Kaplina from Russia, Amy Nake Manukyan from Armenia, Evgeni Pinchukov from Belarus, Daniel Rivera from the United States, Agniesza Rojewska from Poland, and Rosey from Australia.

Rosey won the opportunity to participate in Barista & Farmer during Australia’s first Umami Barista Camp at Genovese Coffee in East Coburg, Victoria from 7 – 12 March.

After hosting Barista & Farmer in Puerto Rico in 2013, and Honduras in 2015, Francesco says Brazil was the obvious next choice for the 2016 edition.

“We are going in the most important country in the world for coffee production. We will succeed in combining high technology with poor agricolture, and translate that into a high-level educational experience for the participants,” he said.

“This year the format is even more focused on the education, with possibily the most quali-fied teachers that we ever had.”

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