After the Aussies taking round 1 at CafeBiz in Sydney earlier in the year round 2 of the Trans Tasman Barista Championship was in New Zealand this week.

New Zealand won the second round setting up for an exciting 3rd round final.

Team Oz:

Justin Metcalf (The face of Coles coffee) *;)
Zoe Delany ( Coffee Hit )
David Makin ( Makin Espresso )
Anne Cooper ( Di Bella )
Habib Maarbani (Morgans Kitchen)

Team NZ:

Chris White (Altura Coffee)
Emma Markland-Webster (Atomic Coffee Roasters)
Luciano Marcolino (Luciano Cafe)
Carl Sara (Muffin Break)
David Huang (Espresso Workshop)

5 of Australias best baristas and 5 of New Zealands best baristas battle it out to hold the title of The Da Vinci Trans Tasman Barista Champions.

This challenge is designed to reproduce the pressure of what happens in great espresso bars around the world. *Under time pressure, baristas must co-operate as a team.

The three things which matter to espresso coffee customers around the world are:

1. * *Great Taste
2. * *Great Artistry
3. * *Great Speed

It is a RACE to serve the maximum number of drinks with as much art and espresso taste as possible.

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Checkout the Ustream footage of the event.