Australians already knew that they make the best coffee. Now the World knows it too.
The World Barista Championships (WBC) were held in Kensington on 23-25 June. Competitors from a record fifty two countries took part.
Australia’s performance at the championships was outstanding. With impressive displays by the Aussie baristas across all categories, Australia was crowned best coffee nation, winning the overall Coffee Championship.
The World Coffee Championships were founded by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe. Each year participating countries conduct National Barista Championships with the winners from each nation then representing their country at the WBC across the various categories.
In the Individual Barista Championship, the search for the World’s greatest barista, competitors had to prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos and four original signature drinks in 15-minutes in a performance set to the music of their choice.
The panel of judges assessed not just the smell, taste and presentation of the coffee but also the style and professionalism of the barista’s work.
Michael Phillips from the USA came first followed by Guatemala’s Raul Rodas in second. Scottie Callaghan from Australia was third; his amazing performance leading Australia to the overall Championship. Continued below…
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In the World Latte Art competition, Aussie William Priestley came second with his delicious and very decorative coffees.
Australia has become known as one of the best places for latte art in the past five years. To create great latte art a barista must pull the perfect espresso shot and then make sure the milk is creamy in texture, ready to be poured by a steady hand. The skill requires an enormous amount of practice and precision and is considered by coffee aficionados to be art form. It has taken Priestley years to reach this standard.
Alongside the WBC was the SCAE World Cup Tasters Championship. In this, participants were assessed for their ability to discriminate between different coffee tastes in a series of triangular tests where competitors must identify the odd coffee from a group of three. Jonny Pisanelli, 22, came sixth; a great achievement for the young Aussie.
Aussie support at the event was just as strong as the caffeine, creating an atmosphere more akin to a sports event as they cheered on their team to victory.
Georgina Willis works with On The Take 2, a young film production company which was on hand to record the World Barista Championships event. See www.onthetake2.co.uk