Friday, June 8, 2012

Vanuatu National Barista Competition A Great Success

Media release, Vanuatu Coffee Lovers Association: Exciting Hospitality Industry News! The Newly Formed Vanuatu Coffee Lovers Association held the National Barista Competition on the 24th- 25th of May. Thirty Barista’s entered into the competition and over the two days produced a stunning array of signature coffees and a standard cappuccino & espresso to be judged on quality standards. Technique was also monitored and participants were scored on overall performance - taste, technique & presentation. Ken Kaltapau of Iririki Island Resort was announced Winner and Florence Mala of Chantillys on the Bay a very close second. 3rd place went to Margareth Daniel of the Brewery Bar, 4th to Florence Thomas of Holiday Inn and Marianna Tuman who sponsored herself into the competition - a well deserved 5th place. These five individuals will now go into intensive training to take on International Competitors who will travel to Vanuatu to compete at the Vanuatu International Barista Competition taking place during the Bred Banque Salon Culinaire Week at the end of October & early November. A big thank you to Terry Adlington from the Tanna Coffee Development Co who provided machines & equipment for the competition and to Vila Distribution & Vittoria Coffee for the major prize. Enquiries to Marc Warin on Marc.Warin@aptc.edu.au .  Above image (first, left): Mariana Tuman, Margareth Daniel of the Brewery Bar, Marc Warin of APTC, Ken Kaltapau of Iririki Barista Champion 2012, Florence Thomas of Holiday Inn and Florence Mala of Chantilly’s on the Bay.