The weekend’s AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Assocation (AASCA) Victorian coffee championships, held at Code Black Brunswick, resulted in two category wins and a third place for Veneziano Coffee Roasters, that will see the specialty roaster represented at the national competition for the ninth consecutive year, in March this year.
Held across two days Veneziano fielded competitors in each Victorian competition category of: Latte Art (sponsored by Pura), Brewers Cup, Cup Tasting and the highly anticipated Barista Championship (sponsored by Detpak).
The Chemex coffeemaker, designed by a chemist in 1941, makes a perfect cup of filter brew each time. Used in conjunction with the specially bonded filters, all the bitter causing elements such as the coffee sediment and oils found in the grounds stay out of your cup whilst all the desirable elements of the bean make their way through (this is what the Chemex folk call fractional extraction), for a richer coffee flavour.
Best results are achieved using a normal or medium grind to ensure the correct filtration rate and spring or purified water are best to prevent tainting the coffee flavour. A proper brewing method and infusion time are paramount.
Mike Wells, head barista and coffee trainer with First Pour Adelaide at Veneziano Coffee Roasters, has won the weekend’s South Australian (SA) Barista Championship title held at the Royal Adelaide Show in Wayville, South Australia.
Competing for the third time, Mike’s results to date include placing 7th in the 2012 Australian Barista Championship, 2nd in both the 2012 SA Barista and Latte Art Championships and 3rd in the 2011 SA Barista Championship.
Hard work and dedication have paid off for Mike who’s been preparing for
Veneziano Coffee Roasters fared very well in the 2012 Australian coffee championships, including the highly coveted Australian Barista Championship title as won by their production manager Craig Simon.
The event run by the AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) is the highlight of the competition calendar, as it’s the highest recognition amongst industry peers and the prelude to the world competitions, to be held in Vienna this June.
eneziano fielded competitors in each event represented by staff from Queensland, South Australia and Victoria and placed in each category. In addition to Craig’s win in the Australian Barista Championship, the company came out with third place in the other three competitions
The team here at Veneziano Coffee Roasters are still flying high on a caffeine cloud after the weekend’s performance.
Detpak Australian Barista Championship 2012:
- Winner and Australia’s new Barista Champion: Craig Simon (Veneziano Coffee Roasters, VIC).
- First runner-up: Will Priestly (Pilgrim Cafe, TAS)
- Second runner-up: Janelle Kingsley (Dandelion & Driftwood, QLD)
Participate in daily cupping demonstrations on our stand (no. 72) at 11am and 2pm and watch our baristas compete in the national competitions.
Representing Veneziano in the barista championship from South Australia is Mike Wells; from Queensland Jean-Paul Sutton will also compete for the barista championship whilst Adrian Zwicker will take on the latte art crown alongside Victoria’s Jen Marks. Craig Simon, also from Victoria, will be going for the cupping title as well Australia’s champion barista.
Veneziano Coffee Roasters has just opened a First Pour espresso bar and specialty coffee showroom on the site of a completely refurbished former book store premises in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide.
The speciality coffee roaster has a number of long-standing and dedicated cafe customers in South Australia, including Argo on the Parade, Blefari Cafe, Restaurant Tranquilo, Sazon Espresso, Lime 2 Cafe, Jenny’s Gourmet Bakery, Lunchroom Espresso Bar and Chocolate @ No. 5 amongst them and saw it fit to bring its showroom concept to coffee-devoted Adelaide.
The Adelaide First Pour is modelled on its sister sites in Melbourne and Brisbane and is intended to be
Congratulations to Aimee, Stig, Sarah, Joseph and the team at Little Bean Blue… Seems their fourth spot in the Coffee Army handbook has been getting them some attention…
(Image by: Melbourne Coffee Army Magazine)
Hotspot: Little Bean Blue
Annabel Ross – March 1, 2012
The lowdown: Little Bean Blue is a narrow coffee bar at the business end of Little Collins Street, a hop, skip and jump from Parliament Station.
When: The café opened at the end of August 2011 in a space formerly occupied by a hairdressing salon.
Who: Little Bean Blue is part of the Cafenatics family, a chain of CBD cafes servicing the city’s corporate hubs. Like Eclipse in Collins Street and Little Wish down the other end of Little Collins Street, Little Bean Blue is