Several members of the ONA Coffee team have ranked in the top spots for the national coffee championships for 2018.
The Top 12 qualifiers for the National Barista, Brewers’ Cup, Cup Tasters and Latte Art Championships were announced by the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) on Wednesday, November 29.
This is the first time the rankings have been announced ahead of the national competitions, which will take place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), to be held in March 2018 in Melbourne.
“This is an exciting time for ASCA and its competitors. For the first time we actually know where competitors are ranked ahead of the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships at MICE,” says ASCA President Brent Williams.
“I’m confident the ranking system will encourage our baristas to push even further and produce their best at the regional competitions. This new system will elevate Australia’s coffee championships to another level. It’s game on.”
In the National Barista Competition, the top 12 qualifiers are:
1. Angus Mackie, ONA Coffee
2. Craig Simon
3. Tilly Sproule
4. Anthony Douglas,
5. Matthew Lewin
6. Danny Wilson, ONA Coffee
7. Adam Mettle
8. Jack Simpson
9. Todd Sauter/Matt Homes
10. Weihao Gin, ONA Coffee
11. Raihaan East
12. Hyemi Lee
In the Brewers Cup Competition, the top 12 are:
Other qualifiers in our coffee family include Sangchul (Mitchell) Lee, a recent addition to Highroad, the latest cafe by ONA Coffee. Mitch qualified 4th in the Cup Tasters Competition and we’ll be sure to be there cheering him on in Melbourne.
Congratulations also to our customers and friends Hyemi and Heath of Devour Cafe and Third Time Lucky in Adelaide, who qualified for the Barista Championship and Brewers Cup Top 12 respectively.
ONA Coffee will be exhibiting at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, so in between watching all the competitors, be sure to pass by and have a coffee with us.
Congratulations to all the competitors, and see you at Nationals!
Image supplied by Jeff Hann