With the 2019 World Barista Championships only a few weeks away, current Australian Barista Champion Matthew Lewin is wasting no time in preparing himself for the world’s largest coffee competition.
“It has been a pretty intense few weeks,” he says. “Between practising run throughs, tasting coffees and organising equipment to take with us to the US, we’ve had our hands full.”
Matt won first place at the Australian Barista Championship several weeks ago at the national competition hosted at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo.
A Melbourne native and having worked in the specialty coffee industry for many years, there were many familiar faces at the event.
“The coffee industry in Australia is relatively small and is full of so many amazing people. Despite its size, it is incredibly innovative and the calibre of talent at these events is just outstanding,” he said.
“I’ve competed six times and each time, never quite made it to first place. I’m really glad to have finally made it there, but the reality is that it could have been anyone – there’s that much skill in this competition.”
The World Barista Championships will be held between April 11-14 in Boston, USA at the Specialty Coffee Expo. The event will also host the World Brewers Cup, public forums and much more.
Assisting Matt in his preparations for the WBC is former Australian Barista Champion, Hugh Kelly, who placed 2nd at the national competition this year.
“We’ve put in some serious effort over the past few weeks,” he said.
“We’re feeling calm, prepared and are now getting excited to pack everything together and head over to the US.”
In his preparations for the World Barista Championship,, Matt says the most vital thing is having proper support.
“These competitions are extremely difficult and involve a lot of time and effort,” he said.
“I’ve been working with some incredible companies that have been kind enough to sponsor and support me in the [WBC] campaign.
Businesses such as Cafetto, Vitasoy, Dipacci, Dolo, Espresso Company, Puqpress, Sanremo, Riverina Fresh, Project Origin and Espresso Corp have been so generous and helpful.
What these groups of people have given me is undoubtedly the biggest help in preparing for the world stage.”
The official sponsors for Team Australia for the World Barista Championship are:
Livestream videos of the World Barista Championships will be available throughout the event and shared via ONA Coffee’s social media channels.