Australia brings home 1st and 2nd from the World Champs in Copenhagen

Congratulations to both Con Haralambopolous and David Makin (both from Victoria) for their outstanding performances at the 2008 World Latte Art and World Barista Championships, held in Copenhagen, Denmark 19th – 22nd June.

Con HaralambopolousIn an unprecedented result, Australia brought home the World Latte Art title for the third year running. Cool, calm and collected, Con Haralambopolous out-performed the other competitors from over 50 countries to bring home the crown ahead of Russia’s Kira Malchenko and Japan’s Akihiro Okada.Con Haralambopolous

We have always known that Australia is a leader in the world of coffee but now there can simply be no question with Scottie Callaghan and Jack Hanna (both contributors for Crema Magazine) having won in 2006 and 2007 respectively and now Con Haralambopolous completing the hat trick!
Con, of course, won the title of Australian Latte Art Champion at the Australian Barista Champs in early May. He was also runner up to David Makin in the Australian Barista Championships.David Makin

David MakinDavid, a seasoned competitor on the Australian stage, gave an outstanding performance to bring home 2nd prize from the coveted World Barista Championships. Competing against national champions from 51 countries, David sailed smoothly through the heats to secure one of the 6 spots for the finals. His final performance was relaxed and technically flawless and David was beaten by only the slimmest of margins by the added showmanship of Ireland’s Stephen Morrissey, ahead of Liesbeth Sleijster from the Netherlands in third place.

So, as the Australian Barista Champion and having won 2nd place on the World stage, David’s work for 2008 is well and truly done!…our congratulations.

If you tried in vain to watch the live feed from Copenhagen, we have footage of David’s entire 15 minute award winning performance from the Australian Barista Champs – it’s as close as it gets to having been there!

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