Held over 2 days last weekend (11 and 12 Feb 2012).
The Standard of ACT entrants is very high.
The barista comp. Nine competitors, all at a very comparable level to eachother, all were well prepared and professional, a credit to their profession as well as to the comp itself.
In addition to being on the organising committee I was on the panel of judges.
In the morning the Latte Art Comp. Great fun, casual, less need for the kind of formality required in the barista comp. Some great work, and some less great work from the beginners, but they went in and they had a go :thumb: They will improve and will be better for having tried !
In the afternoon: The Coffee Cupping Comp. This is a blind cupping of single origins brewed by the filter method, where contestants had to pick the "odd" one of 8 groups of 3 coffees (each group = 2 the same, 1 different).
There were 7 contestants including 2 pro roasters (not me). One of my own employees did me proud, winning the Cupping Comp, and will represent the ACT at the Nationals