The times they are a changin’…… the Australian Barista Championship has reached the half way mark, where last weekend in Perth, Western Australia the regional championship was held to find a representative from the west who will join 8 others at the ABC in Melbourne on May 3-4th.
I thought I’d post about it now because for the first time that I am aware of (in this part of the world anyway,) the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winning baristas were all women.
From a field of 18 baristas, most of which were of the masculine variety, Jennifer Murray of Five Senses Coffee/WA Barista Academy was crowned as the WABC, follwed by Vanessa Moore of Epic Espresso in second place and Mimma Battista of Gloria Jeans in third.
This year AASCA has trained up a whole lot of new judges – by running a full training including the sensory skills analysis, theory and practical assessments.
Don’t our judges look attentive…
We also have ultra groovy new trophy’s
And a fantastic photographer in David Bicknell – father of the WABC coordinator and AASCA vice chairman Ben Bicknell (who himself did an awesome job organising the whole competition in Perth).
For more awesome action pictures of all sorts of interesting coffee things (except perhaps Starbucks), you can check out David’s FLICKR site. (All the photo’s in this post are courtesy of David Bicknell)