Coming into this year WA Barista Championships I knew I would have to come up with a great concept to win, not only the WA baristas skills have evolved in the past few years but also has never been such a great selection of beautiful fresh crops of coffees available to choose from.
It was several weeks of coffee tasting, research and training when I finally decided to create 2 different blends. My espresso blend consisted of an auction lot Kenyan coffee from the Ruthagati wet mill combined with a fresh micro-lot from Sul de Minas in Brazil, Fazenda Arco-Iris. My choice of milk blend was the same Kenyan with an Idian Estate coffee from Kegalur Heights.
Being a barista nowadays is not only about brewing coffee out of an espresso machine is also learning how to manipulate brewing methods and temperature to highlight the best characteristics of every coffee. With that in mind I decided to beat the odds and come up with a cold signature drink that made my Kenyan coffee shine.
The results from the 2012 WABC were, as I thought, a very close call but I was lucky enough to win it and see all my efforts recognised. Congratulations to all who participated and supported the event. I’m looking forward to representing WA in the nationals which will be held in Melbourne on May 4th and 5th. I encourage all the passionate baristas out there to challenge themselves and compete in the next WA Barista Championships not only you will be becoming better baristas but also you will be celebrating and supporting the Specialty Coffee Industry in Australia.blog comments powered by Disqus