Wednesday, August 02, 2006

AASCA Conference, Aroma Rocks Festival & Black Gold Update

Sorry for the delay since my last post. Been a bit hectic since arriving back from Sydney after a week touring Sydney, participating in the ICTF trade show and the latte art competition held as part of the Aroma rocks festival.

Check out the photos here

The trip was great, got the opportunity to be introduced to Klaus Thomsen (current world barista champion), Gautam KS - the indian barista champion and two russion baristas (from coffee mania in Moscow) on exchange with AASCA. It was also a great opportunity to become even better acquainted with Sydney's Cafe Scene. My travels took me to Campos, Mecca, Tobys Estate, Voodoo Espresso, and Sapphos. I was also shown great hospitality by Hazel De Los Reyes of Coffee Alchemy (2005 Australian Barista Champion), trying some single origins at her roastery including a beautiful Ethiopean Limu (whilst snacking on a muffin or two!).

Check out some of the photos here

I came back just in time to help out at the Black Gold Premier held at the Greater Union Cinemas on Monday as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. It was a packed house, we were able to sell a Black Gold Blend - 25% of the proceeds being given back to the coffee farmers cooperative union featured in the movie. There are also a number of cafes that have generously offered to pass on proceeds from the sale of cups of black gold espresso in their store.

I have posted some pictures of the premier here


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