ONA Coffee roaster Danny Wilson has placed first in the 2019 Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Championships.
The competition, which took place at the Manly Spirits Co. Distillery in Sydney saw 10 of Australia’s best baristas turn their skills to cocktails as they competed for a spot at the World Championships.
In his performance, each competitor must serve two different drinks to the sensory judges; an Irish Coffee and a ‘Designer Cocktail’ or their own design. The former must adhere to a classic style of Irish Coffee, while the latter must contain coffee and a vodka made by Manly Spirits Co.
For his designer cocktail, Danny served a twist on a classic Manhattan cocktail, which he named the Cafe Manhattan. He says that inspiration for this cocktail came after he competed in the 2018 World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
“I wanted to build on what I did last year and incorporate more of an understanding about classic cocktails and bartending,” he said.
“The Cafe Manhattan was intended to be a drink that brought together the world of specialty coffee and the world of classic cocktails.”
Danny used a ‘throwing’ method several times in order to mix the Cafe Manhattan ingredients and bring them to serving temperature, before serving it over ice with a vermouth toffee garnish.
For his Irish Coffee, Danny used a Trinity coffee brewer to extract his coffee into a hyper chiller, before adding it to a mixture of Manly Spirits Co vodka, home made coffee bitters, maraschino cherry syrup and rye whiskey. This was topped with a layer of thickened Riverina Fresh cream.
“It was a pleasure to return to the stage and be a part of this competition,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to working on some more drinks and presenting them in Berlin.”