Coffee Alchemy’s Hazel De Los Reyes wins AASCA New South Wales Barista Championship
New South Wales has a new barista champion. Hazel De Los Reyes from Coffee Alchemy claimed the Detpak Australasian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) NSW Barista Championship title, held on 1 – 2 December at the Tafe Sydney Institute.
Hazel is not shy to the competition scene, formerly winning the 2005 Australian Barista Championship and the 2006 Cup Tasting Championship.
Ona Coffee cleaned up second and third places in the barista competition with Paul Asquith coming out of retirement to win second place (his first time competing since 2009) and Hugh Kelly won third place.
Frankie Shi finished a successful weekend claiming two state titles. Frankie won the AASCA NSW Cup Tasting Championship and claimed the double win in the Dairy Farmer AASCA Latte Art Championship.
Richard Tho won second place in the Cup Tasting Championship and Emily Oak won third place.
In an interesting turn of events, Daniel Kim equalled first place in the NSW Latte Art Championship, but on countback was placed second. The 2011 NSW Championship David Smith-Bourne won third place, and was well deserved after his five hour trip from Wagga to compete.
Queensland competition update
Tim Adams from Tim Adams Specialty Coffee is the Queensland Detpak Australasian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) Barista Champion.
Queensland showcased their best barista talent from 17 – 18 November at Lightspace in Fortitude Valley. Danny Andrade from Blue Sky Coffee won second place and Adam Metelmann, formerly from Uncle Joe’s Coffee House, won third.
Scott Luengen from Cup Specialty Coffee won the Pura Queensland Latte Art Championship with Josh Russell from Cup Specialty Coffee in second place and Barry Newell from Blue Sky Coffee in third place.
Eva Shao from Cup Specialty Coffee won the AASCA Queensland Brewers Cup Championship on 24 November. Held at Cup Specialty Coffee’s Wooloongabba shop, James Thai from Veneziano won second place and Matt Troughton from Dandelion & Driftwood won third place.
Andrew Dickson rounded off the two-week Queensland coffee competitions, winning the AASCA Queensland Cup Tasting Championship. Mauricio Machado won second place and Daylan Isai from DiBella Coffee won third place.
Special thanks to Josh Russell for his assistance in the event.
Western Australia competition update
Juliana Nobre from Five Senses Coffee and Bench Espresso has claimed a back-to-back title as the Western Australian Detpak Australasian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) Barista Champion.
Ronald Ngo from Five Senses Coffee won second place and Michael Monroe from The Lounge Room and Standing Room Only won third.
WA showcased their best barista talent from 3 – 4 November at The Fremantle Town Hall.
Elisha Mulger from Gloria Jeans won the Cup Tasting Championship with Ronald Ngo from Five Senses Coffee placing second and Jonathan Parkes from Dimattina Coffee third.
Roy Linn from Coast Café won the WA Latte Art Championship, with Rie Loy from Gloria Jeans in second place and Gary Sawyer from Coffee Fusions in third place. Roy impressed the judges with his winning peacock design.
All competitors will now represent their state at the Australian Barista Championships on 1 – 3 March, 2013.
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