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    The final of the Australian Barista Championship was held today at Celebrate the Bean in Melbourne.

    CoffeeSnobs congratulates Hazel De Los Reyes on her 2005 crown  :-*



    The cup looks way too big for espresso though!



    With only 6 points between 1st and 3rd it was a tight finish.

    Competitor Sensory Technical Time Penalty Total Score
    Hazel De Los Reyes - NSW 51.25 15.20 0.00 66.45
    Maico Lapenna - NSW 49.40 12.95 0.00 62.35
    Dominic Majdanzic - NSW 48.15 11.90 0.00 60.05
    The full final scoreboard...



    The below photo is Hazels first shot after becoming the champ!



    No champagne, no rest, just straight back on the machine to pull more shots!! (Thanks for the CoffeeSnobs exclusive photo too)

    Congrats again Hazel and we look forward to seeing you give them a shake-up in Seattle at the 2005 WORLDS BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP next month. (April 14th-19th)

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    Hazel was our guest at the "Poundys coffee drinking chat session", aka no-roasting session. Absolute congrats to her, esp if shes lurking around here in CS!

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    • #3
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      Yes, a big congrats to Hazel. I unfortunately missed her performance (Chris’ presentation was at the same time), but from the calibre of the other competitors I did see, Hazel must have done extremely well.

      Hazel’s acceptance speech was very amusing – she thought the Aust comps would e the end of all the excitement and she would be able to get back to her roasting & blending. Now she has to go to Seattle and bat for Australia!!

      Good luck in Seattle…..may the grind be with you. ;D

      Cheers
      Ed

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      • #4
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        Congratulations, Hazel on a truly magnificent effort in taking out the AASCA Barista Title.
        Hazel was 3rd in the NSW competition. The final was a showcase of Australias best.
        Hazel was under a lot of pressure, being the only female in the final and then cutting her finger (badly) during the preparation time, and then a glitch with her microphone as she was about to start her espresso extraction.
        Against the odds, Hazel put in a magnificent effort. Here is hoping that Hazel will bring the WBC title back to Australia in April.
        Good luck in Seattle Hazel.
        John

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        • #5
          Re: Australian Barista Championship Hazel De Los R

          Does anyone know where the top 3 practice their art? Id be interested in checking them out! ;D
          Chris

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          • #6
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            Only 6 points difference? Not hardly! Ive been told those are *percentages* and at this level a difference of 4 is *huge*.

            Dom (3rd place) works at Kafenio, at the northern end of cronulla mall.

            Alex Kum works at the Lux (Luxe?) in the Strand arcade.

            Maico Lapenna works for (I think) Piazza DOro.

            Hazel owns/runs her own roastery called Coffee Alchemy

            Cheers

            Paul

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            • #7
              Re: Australian Barista Championship Hazel De Los R

              guess where we will all be headed

              Rich

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              • #8
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                Wouldnt we all love to be 1/2 as good as Hazel or even any of the other contestants....

                Shame there coulnt be a show on Foxtel or something like that to show the general population. Im sure a lot of Snobs would be watching..... Well done Hazel!

                FB

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by FrenchBean link=1111320492/0#7 date=1111640136
                  Wouldnt we all love to be 1/2 as good as Hazel or even any of the other contestants....

                  Shame there coulnt be a show on Foxtel or something like that to show the general population. Im sure a lot of Snobs would be watching..... Well done Hazel!FB
                  I believe the AASCA will be producing a DVD of the event at some stage.  

                  Cheers
                  Ed

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                  • #10
                    Re: Australian Barista Championship Hazel De Los R

                    Originally posted by FrenchBean link=1111320492/0#7 date=1111640136
                    Wouldnt we all love to be 1/2 as good as Hazel or even any of the other contestants....

                    Shame there coulnt be a show on Foxtel or something like that to show the general population. Im sure a lot of Snobs would be watching..... Well done Hazel!

                    FB
                    A problem with the barista comps is that theyre not really spectator sports. The only people who know how a competitor is going are the 4 judges that actually get to consume the drinks. The flashiest barista in the world can come last if their drinks arent up to scratch.

                    From watching the heats and the finals, there are a lot of us out here that can make better coffees than some of the competitors.

                    And Id have to say that even if we cant produce latte art as good or drinks as quickly, we tend to know more about coffee than the competitors, and especially more of *why* things are done the way they should be.

                    Cheers

                    Paul

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                    • #11
                      Re: Australian Barista Championship Hazel De Los R

                      Anyone heard of Houlihans(?) in Chatswood? I had a latte there, and it was splendid. Then I saw a sign which says Australia Barista Champion ... which year I dont know. Anyone been there before?

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by fad link=1111320492/0#9 date=1111645113
                        From watching the heats and the finals, there are a lot of us out here that can make better coffees than some of the competitors.

                        And Id have to say that even if we cant produce latte art as good or drinks as quickly, we tend to know more about coffee than the competitors, and especially more of *why* things are done the way they should be.
                        An interesting point Paul. This was the first time I had seen a barista comp, and I was quite intrigued. It looked as though it was quite a staged event - the barista looked to be saying what the things the judges expected them to say (and why wouldnt they) rather than having an in-depth knowledge of coffee from crop to cup, or as you said, why things are done the way they are. I admit this is an overwhelming generalisation, and Im sure many of the competitors do have very good knowledge - its just the way it comes across. My favourite was the reference to berries whenever Harrar was mentioned - just seemed learned by rote, and recited by a few.

                        I did have a great time though looking at the various techniques used. Some of the signature drinks seemed OK. One of the more interesting was the barista who brewed various single origins different ways – I think it was Harrar in a vacuum syphon, and a brazil in the plunger and another as espresso. This was all then mixed into a decanter and poured into large wine glasses. The idea was to try and represent coffee the same as wine. Interesting, not sure how it came accross to the judges, but it was an original approach (says he who has never been to a barista comp). I look forward to seeing another competition at some stage.

                        Just wait until they have barista comps on Silvias instead of the LM beasts…..that would sort out the men from the boyz.

                        Cheers
                        Ed

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                        • #13
                          Re: Australian Barista Championship Hazel De Los R

                          Ed
                          Ok, what about;
                          The Silvia Challenge
                          The Silvia National Domestic Barista Competition

                          I would be happy to come on board as a sponsor. Would be easy to get the judges. Maybe style the comp along the lines of the WBC. One suggestion, maybe alow a touch of alcohol to be put into the Signature beverage.
                          John
                          ;D

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                          • #14
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                            Sounds like a great idea John.

                            maybe alow a touch of alcohol to be put into the Signature beverage
                            is that to make the shot more paletable for the judges? ;D

                            I expect there to be plenty of replies to your suggestion so Ill start a new thread...

                            Please post your thoughts and ideas in this one:

                            http://www.coffeesnobs.com.au/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Discussions;action=display;num=1111 797401;start=0#0

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                            • #15
                              Re: Australian Barista Championship Hazel De Los R

                              Folks,
                              A quick question. I was also at Celebrate the Bean in melbourne and watched a heat of the barista finals, cant remeber the name of the guy. Laid his own table cloth and his signature drink was presented in two earthen ware cups, the infusion I think. Anyway, as he packed the PF he leveled it off using his finger. The folks I was with thought that was against food handleing 101, thou shalt not toucheth the gear with grubby mits.

                              Whats the rule here? Is it ok to finger the grounds, even if it is just leveling off? Perhaps 2muchcoffee can shed some light?

                              Cheers

                              Jon.

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