The announcement came late afternoon in Boston, USA from the World Coffee Events barista championship stage at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Australia’s representative, Matthew Lewin unfortunately did not advance to the final round. However, Matt said that he was happy with his routine for the semi finals round.

“For the semi-finals, I really just wanted to have fun and connect with the judges,” he said.

“I went out with a clear mind, tried to have fun and made the best coffee I possibly could. You can’t really ask for much more than that.”

Matt’s performance in the first round focused on connecting consumers to specialty coffee and he used each course to take the judges from the consumer level to the ‘specialty bubble’ coffee professionals live in.

For his milk course, he used a Honduran coffee with notes of cacao and dark chocolate to give an example of easily identifiable flavours most consumers enjoy in milk coffees.

In his signature course, Matt’s beverage was divided into two parts; a small sip of espresso mixed with blackened chestnuts and roasted coconut water, which expressed the ‘dark side’ of the Honduran coffee he used.

Matt then asked the judges to add the remainder of this drink to a wine glass with espresso ice. This second part of the signature drink expressed the ‘light side’ of his coffee, with citrus notes and silky mouthfeel.

For his final course, Matt used his espresso to express what he loved about specialty coffee. He also used a model of the Santa Barbara mountain range in Honduras to show the judges how higher elevation resulted in complex qualities in his espressos.

We look forward to another day of exciting competition tomorrow and wish the finalists all the best for their routines! 

For the full list of finalists, visit worldcoffeeevents.org