It was not a hard decision to bring the Café Biz expo back to Brisbane for 2015 as this vibrant city ticks all the boxes for our caffeine fuelled expo. With over 100 exhibitors from all sectors of the café industry Café Biz was the perfect event for café owners, new starters, coffee roasters and their staff to find new products and make connections for their businesses.
Not just a two day show but a BIG week leading up to the event for the Café Biz team, putting on festivities at Silipo Coffee on the Gold Coast with the Barista & the Pitcher Latte Art smack down, the (Reg) Barber & The Barista Almond Breeze smack down event at Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar on the Sunshine Coast and the Café Biz launch party hosted by Di Bella and sponsored by Espresso Martini, where the draw for the World’s Richest Barista competition took place.
In addition to this whilst the team were bumping into the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday, industry eyes turned to Dramanti Artisan Roaster and Veneziano Coffee. Dramanti hosted a speaking session with newly crowned World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic followed by a latte art smack down with a line up of international, interstate and local baristas. At Veneziano Coffee Roasters Craig Dickson together with two time National Barista Champion Craig Simon spoke about all things origin, processing, roasting, competition, street market, contract roasting and blend recipes. Following the discussion guests were treated to a specialty cupping session of selected NINETY PLUS coffees, lead by Craig Simon.
On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May Cafe Biz exploded with activity including the Café Biz Training Hub providing educational classes from Tim Adams Specialty Coffee, Andy Freeman – Coffeesnobs and Peter Dobrenov on Turkish Coffee. The ECA Espresso Bar featured guest roasters providing samples to visitors and The Compak Golden Bean Roasters Cup sponsored by Coffee Roasters Australia, saw Anne Cooper as head judge and coordinator test competitors on the Proaster 100g sample roaster to create their best roast for judging on day two. Marichi Clarke (director of coffee at Red Star Coffee) placed first with Danny Andrade in second place. Thank you sponsors Compak and Coffee Roasters Australia.
The busy schedule also included COBAA Masterclasses, the Breezey Smackdown and the inaugural Devondale World’s Richest Barista Competition.
The Devondale World’s Richest Barista Competition with a prize pool of $50,000 saw 14 teams compete head to head in a new and exciting format over the two days at Café Biz. The challenge is designed to reproduce the pressure of what happens in great espresso bars around the world as baristas must co-operate as a team to ensure the three things that matter to coffee customers; fast service and excellent presentation whilst maintaining quality. It’s a dynamic format that gives judges, competitors and audience instant results. A colourful and energetic display of teamwork and talent from some of the world’s best baristas.
The WRBC Line up:
St Ali Family
Veneziano Coffee Roasters
Dramanti Artisan Roaster
Team SG (Singapore)
Team Gee Cafe (Beijing)
Di Bella Coffee
Natvia Sweet Team
Silver Chef Hot Shots
Uncle Joe’s Coffee House
After some electrifying, white knuckle rounds the grand final was set between the Natvia Sweet Team and Veneziano Coffee Roasters. With scores coming down to the last cup on the table the $35,000 first prize was taken by the Natvia Sweet Team with a very gracious Veneziano Coffee Roasters in second place with $10,000 and Espresso Room following up a close third taking away $5,000 in prize money.
Thank you to all the teams and sponsors for making this competition a stand out success, we are looking forward to next years competition. Sponsors: Devondale, Rancilio, Compak, DaVinci, Castaway, Chux, Pentair, D’Ancap and Reg Barber Enterprises
Brisbane has an amazing café scene that continues to flourish. On par with the other great cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane offers many opportunities for the Industry. We thank our exhibitors and our sponsors for supporting this event and we look forward to returning in 2016.