Events & Competitions

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Buy a ‘Cappuccino for a Cause’ : 26 & 27 October

With more than a billion cups of coffee each year now consumed away from home by Australia’s café society, Variety – the Children’s Charity, is asking our growing nation of coffee drinkers to have a cappuccino to help kids in need during October.

Cappuccino for a Cause, an annual fundraising event by Gloria Jean’s Coffees is seeking to raise $170,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity this October. Donation boxes, in coffee houses nationally will be dedicated to raising funds for Variety throughout the month.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Melbourne :: Ducale launches dc Tunes this weekend

Ducale coffee invites you to join them for the launch of dc Tunes at Grumpys Green this weekend, seriously!

Three nights of live music from 5 of Melbourne’s finest Rock n’ Roll bands

When: from the 28th-30th of September

Venue: Grumpys Green, 125 Smith St, Fitzroy

Doors open at 8pm and entry is free

Local music, local venues supported by local coffee

For more info,go to the Ducale Coffee website


Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Gloria Jean’s Coffees crowns their 2012 Australian Barista Champion

Nathan Trebbin from Castletown, Queensland was announced Gloria Jean’s Coffees Australian Barista Champion for 2012. Nathan won the prestigious title amongst fierce competition, which showcased Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ most talented and creative baristas from around the country.

Eight Barista finalists presented four espressos, four lattes and four signature beverages to the panel of judges, who critiqued against World Barista Championship standards. Judges awarded points for each finalist’s professional performance and how the individual barista’s personality and flair were presented to the audience.


Friday, July 15th, 2011

CafeSmart 2011

cafesmart logoCafeSmart will take place on Friday 5th August, during National Homeless Persons’ Week (1-7 August 2011), and will bring together cafés and their customers, to create change for some of our most disadvantaged Australians. Part proceeds, from each cup purchased on the day, will be put towards charities that tackle homelessness in Australia. The initiative is StreetSmart’s most recent project called CafeSmart whereby participating cafes have generously pledged to donate $1.00 per coffee sold to fund local grassroots projects.

Cafe Customers – is your favourite local cafe participating? If not, ask them why they haven’t signed up yet? For a list of participating cafes visit the StreetSmart website

Cafe Owners – Why sign up your cafe? For lots of good reasons, (more…)

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Congratulations Matt Perger

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After flawless performances in his first WBC Championships, Australian Barista Champion, Matt Perger won 3rd place in the World Barista Champs 2011, held in Bogota in June.

… Alejandro Mendez of El Salvador won the 2011 event, the first competitor from a South American country to take out the coveted crown of World Barista Champion.

The final placings were:

2nd Place – Pete Licata, USA

3rd Place – Matt Perger, Australia

4. Javier Garcia, Spain

5. Miki Suzuki, Japan

6. John Gordon, UK

Congratulations to Alejandro, the finalists and all the 2011 competitors.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Australia declared the best coffee nation in the world!


by Emily Oak, Director, WBC and AIR Training & Development Manager

From June 23-25th at Olympia, in Kensington London, the world’s best baristas and coffee professionals gathered together under one roof to celebrate all facets of the specialty industry. Baristas from more than 50 countries represented their individual nations competing against each other in a bid to win the global title.
This year was fresh and even more interesting for two main reasons. Firstly, it was the first time a semi final round was introduced into the competition. This added a layer of complexity and difficulty for competitors and judges. Secondly, there were more than 15 second or third time champions competing. This mean the standard of performance was higher than it has ever been before. Australia’s reining Barista Champion Scottie Callaghan, (who was also World Latte Art Champion 2006 and Australian Barista Champion 2007) put in a solid performance, making it through both the preliminary and semi final rounds to the final of the championship, no easy task at all.
Scott came away with the third place trophy, making him the third best barista in the world. Combined with the efforts of the rest of ‘Team Australia’ competing in a whole range of competitions (Latte Art, Good Spirits and Cup Tasting) Scott’s placing helped secure the overall team trophy for Australia…. Well Done!

Monday, July 14th, 2008

So, what do Australia’s top baristas do when they are not competing for the Australian Barista Champs?

Medals- we found some of the ‘best of the best’ at the 2008 Danes Grand Barista Champs.

After a 2 year hiatus, the Danes Gourmet Coffee Institute (DGCI) Grand Barista Championship (GBC) returned on 21st June 2008.

With such notable judges as Hazel de los Reyes (2005 Australian Barista Champion and current NSW Barista Champ), together with Corinne Chilcott (2001 Australian Barista Champion) and Paul Geshos (owner and head Barista for Sydney café, ‘Mecca’ – voted Sydney’s best coffee by Crema Magazine for 2007) the focus was on the professional barista’s technical skill and passion. 20 of Australia’s best Baristas lined up to compete in presenting, within a 12 minute time frame, 4 espresso, 4 milk based coffees and 4 identical latte art designs. (more…)

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

The Rocks Aroma Festival 2008

Aroma FestivalSydney turned on a perfect winter’s day for this years Aroma Festival, bringing with it people by the thousands, and thousands… and thousands! The smell of coffee, spice and all things nice filled the air as the western bank of Circular Quay through to the Overseas Passenger Terminal thronged with the sound of bands playing and people chatting over their $1.00 cups of coffee.

Roasters and baristi converged from all over Australia to showcase their coffee – and the crowds took the opportunity, as they lined up 20-30 deep at each stand, of tasting some of the best single origins and blends that Australia has to offer. (more…)

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

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! (more…)