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Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Australia’s CIGS competition to take place at Panama Dining Room

Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) has announced that the 2016 national Coffee In Good Spirits Championship (CIGS) is taking place at Panama Dining Room in Melbourne’s Fitzroy on 10 March thanks to Galliano.

This upscale cocktail bar will provide the backdrop for Australia’s coffee cocktail masters, as they compete for the chance to represent the country on the world stage.

From 6 – 10pm the coffee community is invited upstairs to the Panama Dining Room to see baristas creating coffee based cocktails, while enjoying a drink themselves.

The barista meets barkeep competition will act as a warm up event for the Melbourne Coffee Week launch party.

The evening will see Australia’s coffee kids come together to welcome the inaugural event. The party is open to the public.

The CIGS competition highlights mycologist’s skills as they create drinks where coffee and alcohol par together in perfect harmony – such as the Irish coffee.

During the preliminary round, competitors produce four drinks – two identical hot/warm coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks, and two identical cold coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks.

The final round requires competitors to produce two Irish Coffees and two identical coffee-and-alcohol-based signature drinks. The highest scoring final round competitor will be named the Australian Coffee In Good Spirits Champion.

The 2016 World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship is talking place at Hotelex in Shanghai, China from 29 March – 1 April. The World Latte Art Championship and World Cup Tasters Championship will take place alongside the event.