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    National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

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    This years National Thailand Barista Championship (NTBC) was held from Feb 17th-21st at The Mall, Bankapi (Bangkok). It was also the venue for the "Tea, Coffee Drinks" trade show (Ill make another thread for that).

    4 BIG days of outstanding coffee competition from 28 of the best baristas in Thailand. This is the 3rd year of competition and everyone who has seen the previous said that the professional level has doubled every year.

    The head judge was Aussie ex-pat Ross Bright who is based in Singapore now. There was a mixture of judges from Thailand and Singapore and most of them will be heading to the Singapore and Malaysia comps over the next few weeks.

    The first thing I noticed about coffee in Bangkok is its roasted super dark but that is just the cafe scene here. The specialty coffee movement in Thailand produce a way better coffee and their passion for amazing coffee is no different to specialty coffee people all over the globe.

    On short notice (under 2 weeks!) Fiefy entered the competiton and asked if I would roast for her again... "of course" was the answer! Fiefys assult on the championship was also helped with Aussie support from Cafetto and Pullman Tampers which is great to see.

    So here I am in a different country, surrounded by a different coffee culture and having am amazing sensory and learning experience as we try and compete with the locals.

    The people and the hospitality here have been amazing. From the president of the Thailand Specialty Coffee Association to the companies on the ground that have lent equipment and allowed Fiefy to train on their machines and to the competitiors that welcomed Fiefy and cheered her on during the competition. These are all great people and I can see an amazing coffee culture growing quickly in the region.

    I wont post a whole lot of words in this thread as Im sitting in a Bangkok hotel and I still need to pack before flying out tomorrow but here is a pictorial of the comp.

    If you have any questions or comments on the pics feel free to post away and Ill reply when I next get net access.

    Enjoy!












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    Re: National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

    Above: Preperation pre-comp. Polishing, cutting fruit, polishing, cutting flowers, polishing... you get the idea!

    Below: Competing in the heats day 1










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    Fiefy made top 6 out of a huge field.

    The Finals!!!

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    Re: National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

    Then the wait...
    The final 6 lined-up...
    Became the final 3...
    3rd place announced...
    ...then there were 2










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    Re: National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

    Fiefy the current South Australian Champion for 2010 and 6th in the 2010 Australian Barista Championships just came 2nd in the 2010 National Thailand Barista Championships.

    Im very proud to have such a professional and great barista choose to use CoffeeSnobs coffee. She is also a lovely person outside of competition and has been really easy to work with. The last 6 months of the competition circuit has taught me a lot about people, the competition and what it takes to compete at this level. Its been a great learning journey and I look forward to the journey ahead and what the future will bring.

    ** CONGRATULATIONS FIEFY **
    8-)

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    Onya FIEFY!!!!!!! Excellent work!!!!! CONGRATS!

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    YAY FIEFY!!!

    I still think you should have won the Australian Latte Art with your smoking dog - it was brilliant! [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

    Great work and Im sure your support is invaluable, Andy.

    Cheers
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    Awesome stuff Fiefy! Congratulations! [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

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    Well done again Fiefy. clearly a champion barista.

    Much kudos to Andy as roaster - was it the Fiefy blend again? (Also as photographer, slipping in another product placement moment)

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    Excellent work and commitment from all participants, support staff & sponsors makes such an event a success

    Congrats to all

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    Magnificent work Fiefy, and great coverage Andy! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Terrific stuff Fiefy.... :)

    Onya girl [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Excellent photos Andy and the Fiefy Blend must be a real knockout too... 8-)

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    Congratulations Fiefy! What a competition season for you....hope to catch up soon.

    Now why cant Australia pull this many female competitors??

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    Re: National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

    ONYA !!!

    Well done to all involved....

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    Congratulations both to Andy for the coffee and Fiefy for the competition result. Its great to see Australia and CoffeeSnobs in the limelight. :)

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    Re: National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by 5D574255555A4E483B0 link=1266847621/13#13 date=1266874809
    was it the Fiefy blend again?
    Yes... although it has evolved through the competition feedback over the last 6 months. It currently has more body and spice and the trade-off was slightly less fruit. Thai coffee is typically roasted quite a bit darker than what we would use here and this roast profile needed to produce a medium dark bean. It scored really well with the international judges and we even ran some at one of the trade show booths which got some amazing feedback too.

    Fiefys blend for sale in BeanBay will always be the current competition version.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C4E4853545E483B0 link=1266847621/17#17 date=1266919198
    Now why cant Australia pull this many female competitors??
    We noticed that too. The girls are really leading the way in Thailand with 75% female competitiors and in general the girls also had the best and most creative sig drinks.

    All in all the specialty coffee scene is really starting to gain momentum in Thailand and the good companies are starting to push the boundaries. It will take a while to get the great coffee into cafes but that is no different to here!

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    Re: National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

    Thank you everyone for great supports and comments. * 8-)

    Special thanks to Coffeesnobs, Cafetto, Pullman Tampers, Thai crews, and my families! *It was great event and experience! *::) *


    National Thailand Barista Championship 2553
    1st Miss Benjapa Naowan

    2nd Miss Sineenart (Fiefy) Anuwatanaphorn

    3rd Mr. Wisanupong Leuprakon

    4th Miss Phachirada Suklor

    5th Miss Benjamas Thongsuk

    6th Miss Preeya Kulthong

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    Re: National Thailand Barista Championship 2010

    Awesome, some of those signature drinks look fairly interesting too.

    Does anyone know if theres a video of the comp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45425952545C5B55370 link=1266847621/22#22 date=1267110279
    Does anyone know if theres a video of the comp?
    Sadly there was no video but we might suggest that to the Barista Association for next year as Im sure there would be plenty of people interested in seeing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5A525E5B5E59500E070E370 link=1266847621/21#21 date=1267098204
    National Thailand Barista Championship 2553
    1stMissBenjapaNaowan

    2nd Miss Sineenart (Fiefy)Anuwatanaphorn

    3rd Mr.WisanupongLeuprakon

    4th Miss PhachiradaSuklor

    5th Miss BenjamasThongsuk

    6th Miss PreeyaKulthong

    Thanks for posting that Fiefy! Im a shocker at remembering any names, Thai names are even harder for me to remember and I did feel guilty for not writting them down when I posted the pictures.
    :)

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    My pleasure...Andy! ;)

    luckily, you remember my name. ::)

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    Thanks so much to you both for coming. Was very cool indeed to have you join and compete. Do keep us in the loop on your next visit to the land of smiles. All the best =)

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    Land of smiles is right Sander!

    The hospitality, friendly businesses and wonderful competitors were second to none. It was a great trip and I look forward to seeing Thai coffee up-close again in the future.

    Speaking of smiles...
    here is a picture of Sander from Cafetto Thailand.


    8-)



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    Thank you Sander from Cafetto for the great welcome us to "Land of Smiles"... 8-)
    You sound more Thai than me now.... ;D



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