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Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Australia’s Richest Barista announces 2024 competitors

The Australia’s Richest Barista competition has announced its 2024 competitors.

This year’s competition will take place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 12 to 14 May. In the knockout-style tournament, competitors battle it out to be crowned Australia’s Richest Barista and claim their share of a $40,000 prize pool.

In the first round, competitors will be tasked with creating six drinks in 10 minutes: two espressos, two milk-based drinks, and two signature creations using flavour options from Naked Syrups.

The second round will have competitors produce three pairs of latte art designs: one classic design determined by spinning a wheel, one free-pour design, and one design of the competitor’s choosing, with etching and colouring allowed.

The third and final round is a test of cup tasting abilities. Finalists will face five sets of three samples in which they have to identify the outlier in each set.

The competitor who chooses the most correct samples in the shortest amount of time is declared the competition’s winner and the recipient of $25,000.

Australia’s Richest Barista 2024 competitors:

  • Renz Marion Anisette, C Coffee – On The Run
  • Aye Chan Aung, Humble Rays
  • Saikou Amadou Bah, Guinée Café (Guicaf)
  • Dan Bottesini, Toby’s Estate Coffee
  • Natanael Charis, Morning Glory
  • Hung-yu Chen, My Kingdom For A Horse
  • Vincent Do, Australia Barista Training
  • Haoyu Huang, NBC
  • Nicholas Gang, Savvy Coffee
  • Jae Kim, Soul Origin
  • Kharisma Kurniawati, Honey Beanz
  • Alvin L, Pantry Eleven Eleven
  • Harry Lin, The Q on Harris
  • Martin Nguyen, Airport Retail Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Quyet Tien Nyugen, Coffee With Tee Barista Training
  • Aum Phithakphon, Udon House
  • Junnie Phyu, Junnie Coffee Workshop
  • Santiago Reyes, Tulip Coffee Academy
  • Lucky Salvador, Pert & Palate
  • David Searston, Sweet Talk Toowoomba
  • Saki Shirai, Core Roasters
  • Keenan Stepanicic, Toby’s Estate Coffee
  • Darren Stinson, Zest Specialty Coffee Roasters
  • Dao Pirada Tungbenjaphol, Jibbi Coffee Roasters
  • Cesar Velandia, Independent
  • Jay Yu, U@mq

For more information, click here.