BALLARAT’S best baristas are set for a battle of the brews.
The inaugural Australasian Speciality Coffee Association (AASCA) Ballarat Barista Competition will be held at The Lane next Tuesday.
AASCA, in association with the Golden Plate Awards, are running their first ever regional event in Ballarat, with local competitors including baristas from Bean Barn, Eclectic Tastes and Jackson and Co.
The winning barista will compete in the Victorian State Championship against other regional winners from Bendigo and Geelong.
Each barista will receive 12 minutes to create four espressos, four milk-based and four filter brew coffees.
“We really want baristas and the customer to gain a greater appreciation for all that is involved in the art of making coffee,” AASCA representative Nick Michaelides said.
The judging panel of seven AASCA experts will score baristas on their overall performance, including customer service, technique, presentation as well as taste and sensory evaluation.
“They also have to showcase professionalism and passion. They have to be a good role model for Ballarat as they will go on to compete further,” Mr Michaelides said.
Ballarat Regional Tourism chairman Stuart Benjamin said it was a fabulous opportunity for Ballarat to demonstrate its developing hospitality industry.
“We have an eclectic and impressive mix of restaurants and cafes that reflect the region’s distinct quality produce, and it is fabulous AASCA have recognised this and chosen to hold their first regional event in Ballarat,” Mr Benjamin said.
The winning barista will be announced as part of the Golden Plate Awards on October 14.
To have your say as a local, head to www.facebook.com/VisitBallarat and vote for your favourite barista, with the chance of winning a month’s free coffee.