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    Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th March

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    Hello All,

    I just received the generic invitation to the VBC from Nathan Wakeford (Mr_Nang on the forums), who has been working his $#@ off organising it. Naturally, I thought that I should post the invite here so that everyone can come.

    Nathan has put a lot of thought into running a smooth event that everyone will enjoy. There is a qualifier event on the Thursday beforehand, so the Sunday event will just be a finals. This will hopefully make it short, sharp and snappy as well as giving the Vic champ the experience of competing twice before competing in the Australians. I also understand that Nathan has set up another marzocco for the competitors to make their coffee on for the audience, free of charge. Add the blowtorches, foams and other shenanigans for signature drinks and it should be great!

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Dear Coffee Enthusiast,

    I would like to invite you to attend the 2007 AASCA Victorian Barista
    Championship, being held 11am Sunday March 25th at The Beachclub, Waterfront
    City Precinct, Melbourne.

    The 2007 AASCA Victorian Barista Championship provides an opportunity to
    watch the fast paced and entertaining performances some of Victoria’s
    Leading baristas as they compete against each other for a position in the
    Australian Barista Championships. In the stylish modern surrounds of The
    Beachclub at Waterfront City (Docklands), you will get the chance mingle
    amongst many of Victoria’s pioneering coffee roasters, café suppliers, café
    owners and coffee enthusiasts . You will be treated with latte art
    demonstrations by the Current World Champion Latte Artist, Scott Callaghan,
    try world class coffee prepared by the competitors in the championship
    event, meet previous World Barista Champion Paul Bassett and 2006 Australian
    Barista Champion, David Maikin. A must see for all passionate about coffee,
    set aside Sunday March 25th for a day of educational entertainment in the
    preparation and appreciation of amazing coffee. Forward this flyer on to
    your friends, family and colleagues to ensure that all interested in this
    event have the opportunity to come along.

    We are grateful for the support of our Official Sponsors who have made this
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    Sungold Milk

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    2007 AASCA Victorian Barista Championship Information


    Entry Details & Fees

    Entry into the 2007 AASCA Victorian Barista Championships is free to the
    General Public.


    Start Times

    The Barista Championship will commence at 11.00am at the Beach Club.



    Venue Details

    The Beach Club

    Ph +613 9329 2360

    Fax +613 9329 2509

    Address Level 1

    427 Docklands Drive, Docklands 3008

    E-mail info.mel@thebeachclub.com.au

    Website www.thebeachclub.com.au

    The beach club is situated at Waterfront City

    http://www.waterfrontcity.com.au/index.php?id=2



    Location / Getting There

    § Maps


    http://www.waterfrontcity.com.au/fileadmin/maps/WFC site map.pdf


    http://www.waterfrontcity.com.au/fileadmin/maps/WFC location map.pdf



    § Tram / public Transport directions

    By Tram

    Catch the free City Circle tram (from Flinders Street) OR Tram 86 (via
    Bourke Street) to the corner of Harbour Esplanade and Latrobe Street and
    walk along the Promenade to Waterfront City.

    OR

    Tram 30 (via La Trobe Street) OR Tram 48 (via Flinders Street) to Waterfront
    City tram stop

    By Train

    Take the train to Southern Cross Station (formally Spencer Street Station)
    and walk over the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge to Harbour Esplanade. Then
    follow the Promenade along to Waterfront City.

    By Car

    MEL REF 2E D4

    Parking is available at:

    - Waterfront City, Docklands Drive (approx 1000 car parks)

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    A quick PS to the last post; I dont know how Nathan is going for volunteers, but if youd like to help out (eg. timekeep, clearing cups, etc), please let Nathan or I know.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Hey Luca,

    Do you know who the top 6 that made it to the final are?

    Will you be going on Sunday?

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    Hi David,

    I wasnt able to go to the qualifier, but I think that the placings were something like:

    Dave (Veneziano)
    Cassie (First Pour)
    Toshi (St Ali) - Go Toshi!
    Con (7 Grams)
    Erin (HQ)
    Simon (HQ)
    Zoe (Michels Patisserie; Growers Espresso last year)

    Then theres apparently a tasmanian competitor ... not too sure on the details there.

    Peter was obviously very happy that baristi using his coffee came 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th.

    On Sunday I will be going to "barista b!tch" for the Veneziano competitors. If Im able to, Ill help out clearing up and stuff. So Ill be there, but flitting about the place rather than enjoying the show.

    Cheers,

    Luca

    PS. Thanks for your help running the judges accreditation session on Wednesday, Dave. Im sure wed still be clearing up after the sensory evaluation if you werent there!

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Luca (or anyone else who might know),

    Any way of knowing who will be up at what time?
    Im hoping to come by, but wont be able to be there for the whole thing.

    Brett.

    P.S. - Daylight saving ends in Victoria Sunday 25th @ 0300, so be sure to put your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night/Sunday morning and hopefully you wont be the first person there at 11AM (in your opinion) thinking "Where is everyone?"

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Im sure that it will be better organised that MFW (and I can think of some great words to assign to those letters) AKA Melb Food and Wine are for Wicked Sunday...Sad that Joe Average gets no info tho...Where is that publicity machine?

    Picture a bump in with big trucks and 20+ employees ready to get everything organised....The crew gets there at the pre-appointed and booked time to do their thing...Meanwile the MFWs have yet to even erect the tents....

    What was that about a beer in a brewery? *::)

    I love the fact that I no longer have anything whatsoever to do with it or them ;)

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Running Order for Sunday

    Simon James 11.00am

    Con Haralambopoulos 11.45am

    Zoe Delany 12.15am

    Toshiyuki Ishiwata 1.00pm

    David Maikin 1.45pm

    Cassie Ann Lawry 2.30pm

    Erin Sampson 3.30pm

    Aaron Kindred 4.15pm

    Good Luck and Well Done to all.

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    thanks luca, but i didnt do much :P

    So whos going tomorrow? 2mcm? anyone else?perhaps we can all meet up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1174041682/0#7 date=1174640949
    So whos going tomorrow? 2mcm? anyone else?perhaps we can all meet up.
    Its actually on Sunday, not Saturday!

    Not sure if Im even going to be able to hang around on Sunday. I have a heap of clerkship applications to do.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    My bad...long week. Good luck with that mate....maybe you can be my solicitor one day :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1174041682/0#9 date=1174642063
    My bad...long week. Good luck with that mate....maybe you can be my solicitor one day :P
    That all depends on what you want me to solicit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luca link=1174041682/0#10 date=1174645220
    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1174041682/0#9 date=1174642063
    My bad...long week. Good luck with that mate....maybe you can be my solicitor one day :P
    That all depends on what you want me to solicit.

    And here I thought your goal was to end up a barista not a solicitor. . .

    (bet that one has been old and tired for you for a while!)

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Ill be there during the middle of the day to watch Toshi, David and Cassie. Would be cool to meet with some CSers...

    Gonna have a quick look at Silly Sunday (aka Wicked Sunday) to see what the FWs have come up with this time ::)
    Chris

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    Congrats to everyone who participated on Thurs, and all the best for Sunday!!!

    Im gonna to try to be there to watch the 1st half of the comp.

    Quote Originally Posted by luca link=1174041682/0#3 date=1174615371
    On Sunday I will be going to "barista b!tch" for the Veneziano competitors. If Im able to, Ill help out clearing up and stuff. So Ill be there, but flitting about the place rather than enjoying the show.
    Soooo... does that mean youre gonna be wearing a mini apron? <kapow!>
    :o :P :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by rice link=1174041682/0#13 date=1174722250
    Soooo... does that mean youre gonna be wearing a mini apron? <kapow!>
    :o :P :D
    Pink and frilly ...

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    After spending some time at Celebrate the Bean I headed over to the docklands area to checkout the VBC.

    I missed Simon, Con, Zoe and Toshi compete but saw them all there watching on. David was preping during the lunch break and fill-in entertainment from ASCA had the microphone.

    After saying gday to a few CSrs David started.
    (checkout the Veneziano style wall paper!)



    Judges get their caps...


    David plays with liquid nitrogen for a sig-drink with impact...


    Cassie put on a great show, she managed to scrape in under time and Im sure scored well.


    Next up was Erin. She started full of confidence and well, the first round of drinks were served-up to the judging panel and she went back to the machine for the next round of shots... but there was a problem... no water!

    A quick dart around and the machine-tech (some bloke called Peter) appeared with a tool box and sorted the problem. Erin lost a pile of time and the judges said she could have another minute.... hmmm... not looking too fair... another meeting of heads and it was deceided that she could restart. A few minutes into her round two and she stepped back from the machine again with more problems. WOW what a scandal.

    Soon after I had to leave so I dont know the punchline to the high drama at the Victorian Barista Championships or who won.

    I hope somone can fill in the gaps...

    PS:
    It was great to see some many CSrs and industry faces there. Sorry if I didnt chat for long, promise Ill chew your ears off next time I see you though.

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    As I heard it Andy
    First David Makin 191 1 points
    Second Erin Sampson 171.9 points
    Third Simon James 170.3 points
    Ken

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Congratulations to David on a job well done. Well done to all the other competitors for a throughly enjoyable day.

    Photos from the whole day available on my flickr account. http://www.flickr.com/photos/20512472@N00/



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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Nice photos, Wushoes. I wish I had gone to see it.

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    Whats the max score you can get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KB link=1174041682/15#16 date=1174816648
    As I heard it Andy
    First David Makin 191 1 points
    Second Erin Sampson 171.9 points
    Third Simon James 170.3 points
    Ken
    Cool, congrats to David!
    I bet Veneziano Caffe is pretty happy too, I think that was a coffee hat trick for them.

    ...tis cool that Erin recovered from a less than perfect introduction to competition with a break in her flow... and she used a single origin ROBUSTA!
    (See CSrs, we told you there is a place for quality robusta) ;-)

    When I spoke to Simon this arvo he was fairly critical of his own performance but enjoyed the challenge and learning from it and knows what needs improving the next time.

    PS: Great pics Wushoes and congrats to Nathan for pulling it off!

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    Thanks for the photos Wushoes. Nice work.

    Barista comps are difficult to watch and even harder to photograph.

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    I was in the thick of things as time keeper and station maintenance. Had awesome positions right next to the baristas and tech judges to take photos.

    Veneziano did pull of a hat trick (no surprise as 6 of the finalists were using Veneziano, Toshi from St Ali roasted his own, and Aaron from Oomph used some all Aussie blend) - Congrats to Pete, venez master roaster:

    David Makin - Veneziano - Veneziano
    Erin Sampson - Coffee HQ Monash Caulfield - Veneziano
    Simon James - HQ - Veneziano

    Andy, often the greatest critics of our coffee is ourselves! It is true for many baristas in the specialty coffee scene.

    I dont think Erin used a SO robusta, there was just some robusta blended in. I dont think anyone in this industry at this point in time has the guts to use SO robusta at comp. Dave, Erin, and a few others used robusta as part of their blends for various reasons - eg to cut through milk, to help crema persistence etc. When talking to some of the baristas using robusta, they had quoted no more than around 5%. I think you may have been confused with Cass who used SO Yauco Selecto. Some people appreciate it, some people dont - and comes with a price to boot - $60+/kg

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    My missus & I spent most of the day here, arriving in time to see Toshi onwards. We had to hang around until the end to see Erin finally run at the other station at the end of the program after old yella spat it twice in a row. Was great to see the show after watching everyone train on a sat morning down at veneziano.

    David certainly put on a great show, looking very relaxed the whole time. Clearly the standout performance with his liquid nitrogen prepared palette clenser, and I guess his coffee must have tasted alright too ;)

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Congrats to all the winners!

    I couldnt make it, after walking around at the Avalon Airshow all day on Saturday and getting wet and blown away, hubby just wasnt upto going into Melbourne :( Nevermind, there is always next year.

    (besides, it was a good day to roast some PNG Peaberry outside, while trying my popper with a chimney :D)

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Hope to see you all next year....not just as a spectator or time keeper either.....but well see. :P

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Thanks for the info on the victorian BCs guys - will pass all the intelligence to the WA competitors. . .

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    BTW Andy, the missus just pointed out that those are great shots of the back of my head. Definitely time to get a hair cut from the looks of it...

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    Daves VBC Winning Blend On Tap at First Pour

    Hi all,

    We roasted a few kilos more than we needed of Daves blend, so were going to run it through the hoppers at First Pour. There should be enough to take us through to Saturday arvo.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Can you hear my sad sighs from across the Nullabour?

    Ahhh, I reckon the WA comp blends were pretty awesome. My idea of coffee heaven is a bag from each states winners blend.

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    OFFICIAL PLACINGS

    Champion David Makin
    Runner-Up Erin Sampson
    3rd Simon James
    4th Cassie Ann Lawry
    5th Con Haralambopolous
    6th Toshiyuki Ishiwata
    7th Zoe Delaney
    8th Aaron Kindred

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    Re: Daves VBC Winning Blend On Tap at First Pour

    Quote Originally Posted by Veneziano Caffe link=1174041682/15#28 date=1174956470
    Hi all,

    We roasted a few kilos more than we needed of Daves blend, so were going to run it through the hoppers at First Pour. There should be enough to take us through to Saturday arvo.

    Cheers,

    Luca
    Was that the blend miroslawa & I tried last saturday luca? I remember pete saying something about it being the wbc blend. If so, Ill send her in for some asap :)

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    Re: Victorian Barista Championships - Sun. 25th Ma

    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1174041682/30#30 date=1174960394
    8th Aaron Kindred

    Any relation to Carl/Carlos Kindred from Oomph Coffee in Tasmania??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metreo link=1174041682/30#32 date=1174969122
    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1174041682/30#30 date=1174960394
    8th Aaron Kindred

    Any relation to Carl/Carlos Kindred from Oomph Coffee in Tasmania??
    Yes it is his 17 year old son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1174041682/30#33 date=1174977643
    Quote Originally Posted by Metreo link=1174041682/30#32 date=1174969122
    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes link=1174041682/30#30 date=1174960394
    8th Aaron Kindred

    Any relation to Carl/Carlos Kindred from Oomph Coffee in Tasmania??
    Yes it is his 17 year old son.


    Well looks like this apple was lucky enough to fall in Melbourne. ;D

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    the sole Tassie competitor I think was the story.



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