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Coming to a cafe near you: Australia’s first and only amateur barista competition

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Home baristas looking to take their skills beyond the kitchen will get the chance to prove their coffee-making prowess at the Danes Home Barista Competition.

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Entering its 4th year, the contest gives passionate home baristas the opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition and take home some great prizes including a Rocket R58 deluxe espresso machine.

The contest kicks off on Saturday July 13th, at Danes Cafe, Wahroonga.


The format is simple: contestants have three minutes to make two coffees – one espresso and one flat white.

Judges will select the winner based on taste evaluation, beverage presentation, barista technique and service to judge.

Five more heats will follow, and the winners from each heat will compete in the final on 28 September 2013, at the Danes Gourmet Coffee Institute, in Brookvale. The 2013 Danes Home Barista Competition

Heat 1 Sat 13 July    – Danes Wahroonga Heat 2 Sat 20 July    – Flying Fox Mona Vale Heat 3 Sat 3 August  – Cafe Bolle Neutral Bay Heat 4 Sat 17 August – Bay Bakehouse Maroubra Heat 5 Sat 31 August – Village Emporium Wamberal Heat 6 Sat 14 Sept    – What the Fudge Cafe & Desserts Campbelltown

Final: Saturday 28 September Danes Gourmet Coffee Institute Brookvale

Prizes: 1st – Rocket R58 2nd – Mazzer Mini Electronic 3rd – Otto Espresso ‘The Little Guy’

All finalists will receive a $200 Danes gift voucher and $100 worth of Danes fresh beans.


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