ONA Coffee's Devin Loong has won first place in the competition, which took place at Criteria Coffee in Melbourne.
The ASCA Southern Region coffee competitions host competitors from Victoria and Tasmania for a weekend of barista, latte art and brewers competitions, with each competitor vying for a chance to compete on stage in the 2019 national competitions.
In his second win at the Southern Region Brewers Cup, Devin chose to use an Ethiopian heirloom named ‘Indigo 0718’, a carbonic maceration-processed lot sourced by Project Origin and roasted by ONA Coffee.
When asked why he chose the coffee, Devin said that it had a lot to do with the national competition at the 2018 Melbourne International Coffee Expo, in which he placed 2nd.
“I used the Indigo in the Nationals in 2018,” he said. “But I was really sick on the day of finals and I wasn’t able to taste my coffee properly nor brew it properly.
“I wanted to do justice to the Indigo, to come back on stage and brew it properly to show just how much of an amazing coffee it is.”
David Train of Code Black Coffee claimed 2nd place in the Southern Region Brewers Cup, while Shen Choy of Cote Terra Coffee Roasters came in 3rd place.
“The standard of competition is getting higher and higher every year,” Devin said.
“Competitors are understanding the rules better than ever, everyone is bringing higher quality coffees to the table – it’s definitely getting harder.
Devin’s performance focused on his development as a coffee professional and a brewer, manifested in the way he brewed the Indigo coffee.
“I was really excited to share my method, ‘The Loong Pour‘,” he said.
“For me, the most important part of my routine was sharing my journey and how I have developed as a brewer.”
Devin qualifies as part of the Top 12 for Australian Brewers Cup Championships, to be held in early February at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo.
The ‘Indigo 0718’ is available for purchase as part of the three-coffee tasting flight, which also includes World Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojewska’s ‘Diamond’ espresso and the milk-based coffee used by World Barista Championship finalist, John Gordon.