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Found: the coffee version of the World Class Bartender of the year

Apologies to those who are way ahead of me on this one, but if like me your need for well-made coffee makes you cross not just the street, but the other side of town then, read on…

 So, there’s a world class barista of the year – well of last year I suppose, as selected at the 2011 World Barista Championship.  Now before I go rushing out the door in search of him/her, I’d best pack a suitcase as the 2011 winner was Alejandro Mendez from El Salvador.

Unfortunately I can’t afford the flight this year (sorry Alejandro), but I didn’t have to search too far down the list to find an Aussie: in third place was Matt Preger from Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn, Victoria.

The hunt is now on for our rep for the 2012 World Barista Championships to be held in Vienna in June 2012. All of which means the AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AACA) are on the Nation-wide hunt for this year’s Australian representative, with state-based Coffee Championships being held across the country over the last few months.

Here are the results for NSW:
NSW Detpak Barista Championship
1st Place Trisatya Dharmawan (Mecca Espresso, Circular Quay)
2nd Place Dylan Johnson (Pink Papaya Juice & Espresso Bar & Cassiopeia Specialty Coffee Roasters, Blue Mountains)
3rd Place Toby Wilson (The Wedge Espresso, Glebe @WedgeEspresso )

And for my home state of Queensland:
QLD Barista Championships
1st-Matt Troughton (Dandelion & Driftwood)
2nd-Janelle Kingsley (Dandelion & Driftwood)
3rd-Jean-Paul Sutton (Veneziano)

Now there are a few different categories, including one for latte art (the art bit of which I’m partial to if not so much the latte). Check out their website for full details:  www.aasca.com

All of which means I’ll be paying a visit to Dandelion & Driftwood  on my next trip to Brissie – I’ve been hearing good things about this place for ages, not to mention the fact that their cakes and biccies always look amazing. I’ll also be venturing to Circular Quay (somewhere I don’t normally associate with great coffee) and popping in to Mecca Espresso.

 The state champions will represent their state in the AASCA Australasian Barista Championships, taking place at the 2012 Melbourne International Coffee Expo from 4 – 6 May, with the winner heading to Vienna to vie for the title.

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Word count before cocktails, but not before coffee

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So it’s Nanowrimo time of year again (that’s National novel writing month, or write a novel in a month time, for the uninitiated). Madness, I know, but it never ceases to amaze me how the discipline of writing 1667 words a day … Continue reading

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A video fave from Diageo’s 2011 World Class Bartender of the Year

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After chatting with a friend in the UK on Skype last night, I got to thinking about Australia the lucky country: the lucky cocktail country that is. She was lamenting the limited options for a chilled-out girl’s night in her hometown of Birmingham and … Continue reading

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Grandma’s finest Monday night cocktails

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Lately there have been more coffee times than cocktails on my horizon (perhaps it’s the winter chills). So when a good friend’s birthday came around last Monday, and she was unexpectedly free from work, we decided cocktails were in order. … Continue reading

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Second place sunset at Lotus

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Where do you go when Ms G’s is rammed on a Friday night and you’re in need of a cocktail and a bite to eat before a spot of theatre-going fun (i.e. The Darlinghurst Theatre)? Well…. Last Friday night we … Continue reading

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The Saturday morning trifecta: books, coffee, cake

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There’s nothing quite like combining life-long loves and Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore on Oxford Street in Paddington allowed me to do just that last Saturday morning. It was a cold day in ol’ Sydney town – one of the chilliest … Continue reading

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Copo loada this

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Copo cafe and diner I came across this, not so little place, while getting my car serviced in Drummoyne a few weeks back. Yep, you heard right, it’s just down the road from Ultra Tune. Now whilst this is handy, it’s … Continue reading

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Joost a bar with a difference

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After sailing (or rather catamaraning) past Joost Bakker’s Greenhouse on my daily ferry commute and a failed attempt to visit on Tuesday night (it was booked out for a PWC function), I finally got my chance yesterday arvo/evening. As you … Continue reading

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A final toast (or two) to Parched March

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Parched March is entering the home straight and I thought it was about time I made a donation to their very worthy cause. This month-long celebration of Sydney’s bar culture is a much needed follow-up to Febsober, which I almost made it through this … Continue reading