The announcement came late in the afternoon at the World of Coffee expo, after a long day with many incredible performances.

The competition involves several rounds during which the competitors must prepare coffee based cocktails using a range of sponsored spirits and liqueurs.

Unfortunately, ONA Coffee’s Danny Wilson did not advance to the final round, but is happy with his performance. Danny competed in the World Coffee in Good Spirits (WCiGS) competition last year in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and placing 3rd overall.

“It’s so amazing to be back on the world stage and serving my drinks to the judges,” he said shortly after the announcement.

“I learned so much at last years competition and the drinks I served today reflected the lessons I took from Brazil.”

Yesterday Danny served his ‘Travellers Tipple’ cocktail, which combined a carbonic maceration (CM) Ethiopian coffee extracted through a Trinity brewer, combined with Licor 43 Baristo liquer,

In today’s stage time, Danny served two drinks; a cold drink he named ‘Merchants Courage’ which combined (CM) Ethiopian coffee, lemon myrtle agave, Gin Meridor, Icewine Vidal and Black Sheriff Agricole Rhum.

For his hot drink, Danny produced a cocktail he named the ‘Farmers Market’. He again used the CM Ethiopian, but extracted it as espresso  and filtering it through a V60 filter before combining it with a homemade pear and ginger syrup, and a ‘breakfast vodka’ made by infusing oats with Underground Spirits Caramel Vodka from Canberra.

The finalists will advance to tomorrows round, in which they must make a ‘designer drink’ of their choice as well as an Irish Coffee. The performances will be live streamed via the World Coffee Events website.