Big Money To Win at Veneziano’s Pre-WBC Smackdown in Melbourne!

We're stoked to be a part of this event hosted by Cafe Imports at the superfly roaster Veneziano in Melbourne! (Photo by Noah Namo)

We couldn’t be more excited to be heading out to Melbourne, Australia, in a few days for the World Barista Championship, held in conjunction with the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. Ken and I will arrive down under a few days early so we can take in the sights and visit as many of the city’s reputable cafes as we can before the WBC showdown begins on May 23!

We are super stoked to be a sponsor of the First Pour Latte Art Smackdown being organized by Veneziano Coffee Roasters and taking place at 26 Bond St., Abbotsford, on May 20.

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Cafe Imports is hosting the event, and will be providing a crazy amazing bunch of coffees from U.S. roasters for the Aussie baristas in attendance to sample. Coffees from MadCap, Stumptown, Coava, Sightglass, Joe NY, HalfWit, and more will be on what is sure to be one of the most bitchen tables in Oz.

We're stoked to be a part of this event hosted by Cafe Imports at the superfly roaster Veneziano in Melbourne! (Photo by Noah Namo)

We’re stoked to be a part of this event hosted by Cafe Imports at the superfly roaster Veneziano in Melbourne! (Photo by Noah Namo)

Here’s the skinny from the Veneziano website:

The Smackdown event will have some great prizes up for grabs, such as $1000 cash (sponsored by Pura Milk), Otto Stovetop Espresso machine, $500 cash (sponsored by Silverchef), Compak K3 Push Grinder (courtesy of 9Bar Espresso Services) and the winner will also receive a year’s subscription to Barista Magazine.

Someone's gonna win this sick Otto Stovetop Espresso Machine!

Someone’s gonna win this sick Otto Stovetop Espresso Machine! It’s just one of many killer prizes up for grabs at the Smackdown next week!

In attendance will be the Barista Magazine team, the guys from Cafe Imports and being close to the MICE event you can expect to see some national barista champions as well as some recognised Australian barista names also present.

If you wish to enter – get in QUICK!!  As only the first 30 entrants will be accepted.

Look forward to seeing you all there!!  Beers and snacks will be provided.

Times: — Doors open 6.00pm — Cupping @ 6.30pm — Smackdown @ 7.30pm

RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY RSVP-ING TO FIRSTPOUR.MELBOURNE@VENEZIANOCOFFEE.COM.AU

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Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.