|Barista 2013 Champion, Ms Florence Tari.|
Over 360 coffees have been tasted during the 2 days competition. Robert and Alla were surprised with the number of participants and the progress made within few years. “We can really see the growing interest from the local baristas but also the general awareness amongst public and restaurant owners .” The international judges concluded the competition by organizing a master class for the participants to share some of their tips and international knowledge.
International judges were also delighted with the number of signature coffees using Vanuatu’s favourite fruit: coconut. This is how Florence Tari managed to win the competition. She first poured four amazing espressos with great crema and flavor, then served four cappuccinos with a perfect white foam and great balance between buttery milk and coffee taste, and then created an “iced coconut coffee drink served in a coconut shell”, a perfect balance of coconut sweetness and coffee boldness.
As all the baristas were competing with the same BOEMA coffee machine, kindly supplied by Tanna Coffee and the same coffee bean Vittoria Oro, supplied by Vila Distribution, any differences could only be from their own ability to master coffee extraction, milk frothing, creativity and speed.
The organisers of the event wish to acknowledge the help and strong support of the Vanuatu Hotel & Resort Association (VHRA) and the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).
The Top Five competitors were:
• Florence Tari from Chantilly’s
• Florence Thomas from the Holiday Inn
• Presilla Marau from Benjor Beach Resort
• Lorenza Tabiousu from Au Peche Mignon
• Mansen Silas from Chantilly’s
Congratulations to all the competitors and especially to the winners!!