Umami Barista Camp to find Barista & Farmer Australian representative

Genovese Coffee will host Australia’s first Umami Barista Camp from 7 – 12 March.

Participants in the camp will also be invited to compete for a chance to visit Brazil as part of a unique coffee experience.

The week-long training camp at Genovese Coffee’s East Coburg venue in Victoria will give attendants the opportunity to experience a high-level professional training program, complete Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) modules, and sit the SCAE Coffee Diploma System certification exam.

The SCAE Coffee Diploma System is one of the most comprehensive certification systems available, and the most extensively awarded coffee certification in the world. The Coffee Diploma System has redefined the international training format for baristas and coffee professionals.

Some of the world’s top coffee training professionals will lead the training camp in theoretical and practical sessions when it arrives in Melbourne next month. International instructors will include Dr Andrej Godina, Italian Brewer Simone Guidi, and former Italian Barista Champion and 2013 World Barista Champion Finalist Francesco Sanapo.

Local instructors will include Genovese Coffee’s Specialty Roaster Ben Toovey, and veteran Trainer Simon James.

The SCAE modules will include an introduction to coffee, roasting, sensory skills, brewing, barista skills and green coffee – perfect for any barista, coffee professional, roaster, or green bean trader wanting to improve their skills, knowledge or technique.

Participants in the Umami Barista Camp will have the opportunity to enter a multi-discipline barista competition. The winner of the event will win a trip to Brazil to take part in the 2016 Barista & Farmer program.

From 3 – 13 May, 10 selected finalists will travel to San Paolo, Brazil to experience life as a coffee farmer in one of the world’s most important coffee producing countries.

“[Barista & Farmer] brings together like-minded young guns of the coffee industry from around the world and places them in a unique environment where they learn more than they’ll ever learn behind an espresso machine or brew bar,” said Adam Genovese.

“As an industry we need to nurture young baristas’ enthusiasm for specialty coffee by providing opportunities, which may in turn ensure that they continue contributing to the vibrant coffee culture in Australia.”

Barista & Farmer is dedicated to the education of specialty coffee. The show will follow the selected baristas by camera, 24 hours a day, while completing coffee-themed challenges and educational activities on Brazilian farms.

While the multi-discipline barista competition will determine the barista capable of representing Australia on the international stage, Adam adds that the winning recipient must possess a few crucial qualities:

“Good coffee knowledge, determination to improve and persevere, oh….and from what I’ve heard about the last Barista & Farmer… you need to be a morning person.”

For more information about the SCAE Coffee Diploma System click here.

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