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    State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

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    The Grand Final of the State of Origin Barista Competition is on next Monday.

    What: State of Origin Grand Final.
    Where: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (Darling Harbour)
    Event: Fine Food Australia 2011 expo.
    When: Monday 5th September
    Time: Heats every half an hour from 10am - 4pm
    Who: QLD v NSW v ACT v VIC v WA
    (every state V every state and the two highest scoring will face-off for the grand final round.)

    This is billed as the "The Ultimate Barista Showdown" the format is an exciting, real-world, cafe scenario competition that needs great teamwork and excellent fast delivered coffee to win.

    Some of the best baristas in Australia will slug it out in 10 rounds in this all day event.

    Each team of 4 need to make 30 cups in 20 minutes and deliver it to the judges table.*

    The 30 drinks are secret until the teams start their time and get given the "list of orders".* It will include a mixture of cafe style orders... latte, espresso, mach, takeaway caramel latte and the like.* All espresso shots need to fall within a +/- time, 3 random drinks will be tested for temperature and some for taste, most for visual but the teams wont know which drink is being judged on what criteria so ALL of them need to be temperature, taste and visually stunning.

    Judging is live, progressive and as simple as 3 judges putting a poker chip each against the best of the 30 cups from each team as they hit the table.

    The audience can see the score progress as the teams go under the pump to get 30 quality drinks served in just 20 minutes.

    FREE registration to enter Fine Foods if done online before this Friday else $30 at the door.
    http://register.finefoodaustralia.com.au
    (priority code: EDM13)

    Fine Foods say: "Entry is restricted to members of the retail, foodservice and hospitality industry"... so as a CoffeeSnob member thats you because you do in-field product testing for CS! ;)

    This is a really exciting competition and relevant to what staff need to do in a busy cafe setting.* 10 x 20 minute rounds then the final.* Should be a great day out.

    See you there if you can get to Sydney town and can get away from work for the day.
    8-)

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Go "The Mighty Pucks" from West Oz!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Hoorah for work-free Mondays! Nom nom nom
    Anyone heading up that way?

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Quote Originally Posted by 2529352B2F25202A332020460 link=1314802647/2#2 date=1314853888
    Anyone heading up that way?
    me ;)

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Woohoo!

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    i would love to see this!* the one monday im not around in Sydney* :(* (Go QLD!)

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    It really is a great format competition, anyone that gets there will love the frantic pace and instant scoring.

    The Fine Food show sounds pretty big too, I think I read 1000 stands :o


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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Go ACT :D

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    They are all great teams, some super talent on each and the winning team will be the 4 that work as a TEAM... no single "hero" or "barist-star" can carry the comp.

    Ill see some of you there in 11 hours odd.
    8-)

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    Heading in as we speak. May the best team shine through!

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    I just got out of the airport, now for the slow crawl. Gotta love the "big smoke".
    ;D

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Quote Originally Posted by 0C2329344D0 link=1314802647/10#10 date=1315175950
    I just got out of the airport, now for the slow crawl. Gotta love the "big smoke".
    ;D
    Thats because our airport is actually in the same city. ;D

    I wont be able to make it today :( Maybe a bit later in the week :-/

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Shucks :/ Ill have to try and stalk Andy instead ;)

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Quote Originally Posted by 4E425E40444E4B41584B4B2D0 link=1314802647/12#12 date=1315177705
    Shucks :/ Ill have to try and stalk Andy instead ;)
    Nice to see I was indispensible for a total of 3 minutes. :P ;D

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Go Andy!

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    ACTs on fire!

    The boys from ACT were sensational!

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    ACT vs WA 19-10, ACT vs QLD 23-7

    Woo! Do you know whos competing for ACT? I know a few of the Ona boys but i dont know whos actually in it.

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Not entirely sure, all of them were wearing Ona tshirts (=

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    From Onas facebook:



    Right side being the ACT team, unsure about the left side. Looks like an awesome event!

    edit: ACT just beat NSW 16-14

    They really are tearing it up :D

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    I took some pictures of their round against Qld, a very one-sides affair

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    They just beat Vic 16-14. Won with the last long black, very close. Undefeated so far seems pretty good. I spose its grand final time now?

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Seriously close Vic v Act grand final.
    It was neck to neck, visual and sensory were par, there were two temperature tests in the last five drinks and Act were a couple of degrees short else it would have been a tie.

    Well done to all the teams, there were some stunning efforts today and often the difference was very minor, more minor than the score reflected.

    A good days competition and Im sure the teams that didnt score as well this year will turn it up a notch next year.

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Congrats to all, but who was in the Vic team?

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    I think it was the veneziano crew, but i wasnt there so i cant be positive.

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    I believe you are right (= Erin Sampson captained the team.
    Oh and a big hello to Kieran for my rispic this afternoon ^^

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Ah, no wonder why they won, quality team.

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    I cant believe I missed this on my only day off...

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    no worries cosmic, it was my pleasure :) hope you had a good rest of your day

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Quote Originally Posted by 282324202429244B0 link=1314802647/22#22 date=1315222147
    Congrats to all, but who was in the Vic team?
    Ronald Ngo (defected from WA 5 Senses)
    Remy Shpayzer
    Caleb Podhaczky (5 Senses)
    Erin Sampson (Veneziano and captain)


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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    As far as I know, Caleb was replaced by Craig Simon. I should know, they used my training room for practice.

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    Re: State of Origin 2011 - The Ultimate Barista Showdown

    Quote Originally Posted by 536566647365657945757E79797A160 link=1314802647/29#29 date=1315363815
    As far as I know, Caleb was replaced by Craig Simon. I should know, they used my training room for practice.
    Couldnt make it to Sydney, my pic is from Cafe Biz in Melb :-/ :-/



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