We’ve helped train Craig Simon, Jen Marks, Erin Sampson and Dave Makin throughout their journey to reach the world stage, and now it’s Caleb Cha’s turn.
Caleb Cha of Cafenatics is the 2015 Australian Latte Art Champion and will be representing Australia in Gothenburg, Sweden from 16 – 18 June.
Veneziano is home to two of the country’s WLAC accredited judges, Lance Brown and Craig Dickson. Both judges have spent time with Caleb in preparation for his world routine. In addition, Caleb has received feedback from Jade Jennings; Australian Barista Championship sensory and head judge, visual latte art judge, and Veneziano’s Training and Development Manager.
“We’re so pleased to be working with and mentoring Caleb to finesse his incredible skills with the guidance of our champion baristas. He joins a long line up of baristas we’ve trained to get to the world stage,” says Lance, Veneziano National Business Manager.
In preparation for the Australian Latte Art Championship, Caleb trained intensely. He replicated 100 cups of the same pattern for seven days straight to practice accuracy and repetition. This time around Caleb has left nothing to chance. For the past three months Caleb has been training at Code Black seven days a week, clocking up to 50 hours of latte art practice, and conducting mock routine run-throughs at Veneziano’s training facility.
For the best results, Caleb is training with Pura milk for a silky base to practice his designs, and a Mahlkoenig K30 Vario, the Official Grinder Sponsor of the WLAC.
“The Veneziano team have been supporting my training since last year. They have extensive experience and knowledge to train the world’s best. Most of the trainers are previous champions themselves, so it’s no wonder their advice and guidance was really helpful and reliable,” Caleb says. “You can’t get much better feedback than from a current WLAC Judge, like Lance.”
Caleb will be joined in Gothenburg by his Cafenatics support crew and coach. As to which patterns Caleb will produce for the judges at the WLAC, Caleb is keeping his options closely under wraps. “You’ll just have to wait and see. But be assured, the patterns will show difficulty, creativity, and little bit of my own personality in the cup,” he says. “I’m just happy to show the world that Australia has a high class of baristas and latte artists. I’m grateful and extremely honoured that I have the opportunity to show my patterns to the world.”
Veneziano’s new premises in River St, Richmond, Victoria will soon become home to the company’s new state-of-the-art training facilities that meet Specialty Coffee Association of America guidelines and World Barista Championship standards. “Our vision is to create a collaborative space for baristas to learn the best of coffee, with the best equipment from the best in the industry,” says Craig Dickson, WLAC Judge and Veneziano Managing Director.
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