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Eight Champion AICA Trophies Awarded

Eight Champion Trophies were presented to winners from Western Australia, Victoria, ACT, Queensland and Indonesia at last night’s Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA), including the inaugural winner of the Cold Brew Coffee and Direct Trade or Microlot Coffee Trophies, and the highly coveted Champion Australian and Champion International Roasters.

Jakarta’s Tanamera Coffee Indonesia celebrated their second consecutive win of Champion International Roaster, as well as being awarded the Champion Filter Coffee for their Malabar Natural, whilst ACT-based roasters Bean!Roasters by Cosmorex took home top honours receiving the Champion Australian Roaster trophy, after being awarded 1 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals.

Winning both of the new awards, Queensland’s Bellissimo Coffee were named Champion Cold Brew Coffee & Champion Direct Trade or Microlot Coffee Trophy for the CHNO Panama. The CHNO Panama is lovingly brewed by hand from a high quality Panama Giesha coffee sourced directly from the outstanding farmers at Los Cantares Estate..

Indicative of the wide-spanning, high-quality coffee production in Australia and the truly national nature of the awards, Western Australia’s Grouch & Co and Grindhouse were awarded Champion Espresso (Diamond Mule) and Champion Milk Based Coffee (Grindhouse Blend) respectively, whilst Grinders Coffee, based in Victoria took home Champion Soy Based Coffee for their single origin blend Fix Three Origin Fairtrade Organic Coffee.

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) the AICA isthe first and only international coffee roasting competition in Australia, receiving 658 entries from 143 local and international coffee roasters in 2016, including coffees from New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Canada, USA and UK.

“The AICA provides a unique opportunity for local and international roasters to benchmark their coffee on a global scale, and receive the invaluable feedback of industry experts from Australia and around the world,” said RASV CEO, Mark O’Sullivan.

“We are constantly evolving the awards to reflect global trends in coffee production and consumer interest to ensure the program remains relevant and highly valuable to those who participate. We congratulate all the winners in this year’s awards and look forward to watching with interest, the success these wins bring.”

A total of 234 medals including 10 gold, 68 silver and 156 bronze were awarded over four days of judging which took place at Melbourne Showgrounds last week, with a panel of 30 industry experts, led by Acting Head Judge Melissa Caia assessing the entries.

The awards were presented as a partner event of the Melbourne International Coffee Expo Launch which was held at The Meat Market, North Melbourne last night.

For all media enquiries and images, please contact:
Mikaila Gaskell, Communications Manager, RASV
03 9281 7436 / 0408 798 486 / mikaila.gaskell@rasv.com.au

2016 Australian International Coffee Awards - Champion Trophies

Champion International Roaster presented by RASV - Tanamera, Jakarta Indonesia

Champion International Roaster

Presented by RASV


Tanamera Coffee Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia
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Tanamera Coffee only source and use 100% Indonesian green beans for their range of coffees, with their focus being to support and develop local farmers to produce the best Indonesian Arabica beans. The first roastery at Thamrin City, became a popular place for coffee lovers from all walks of life to catch up and drink great coffee. Tanamera Coffee's exceptionally talented head roaster, Mr. John Lee, works tirelessly to find the finest, most delicious and responsibly sourced Arabica beans available in Indonesia, meticulously adjusting the roasting profile for each Tanamera Coffee to bring out all the delicate flavours, notes and aromas that are characteristic to individual variety, processing method and origin.

Champion Australian Roaster presented by RASV: Bean!Roasters by Cosmorex, ACT, Australia

Champion Australian Roaster

Presented by RASV


Bean!Roasters by Cosmorex

Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Bean!Roasters by Cosmorex have embraced a new ideology on what coffee can be. Their team have developed a new range of products for both the public and wholesale market to showcase the amazing flavours of their coffee. A group of passionate coffee people, they provide a range of services, including, blending, contract roasting and machinery services in the ACT, but it is the Coffee that inspires them the most.

Champion Filter Coffee presented by Pullman Tampers:  Tanamera, Jakarta Indonesia

Champion Filter Coffee

Presented by Pullman Tampers


Malabar Natural

Tanamera Coffee Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Tanamera Coffee only source and use 100% Indonesian green beans for their range of coffees, with their focus being to support and develop local farmers to produce the best Indonesian Arabica beans. The Malabar Natural is sourced directly from farms on Malabar Mountain, a region with over 300 years coffee production history in the heart of Java. This Arabica coffee exhibits strong tropical fruit aroma, flavour and displays great body.

Champion Milk based Coffee presented by Riverina Fresh: Grindhouse Blend by Grindhouse, Western Australia

Champion Milk based Coffee

Presented by Riverina Fresh


Grindhouse Blend

Grindhouse, Western Australia, Australia
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Grindhouse has a strong dedication to sourcing and roasting high quality coffee in a way that highlights the characteristics of each origin. Their current season Grindhouse blend was sourced from Mr Gerado Escobar in Bolivia and the Buf Café’s washing station Rwanda. The blend is full bodied with a mild and juicy acidity and strong upfront raspberry flavour.

Champion Espresso Coffee presented by Espresso Mechanics: Diamond Mule by Grouch and Co, Western Australia, Australia

Champion Espresso Coffee

Presented by Espresso Mechanics


Diamond Mule

Grouch & Co, Western Australia, Australia
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Grouch & Co are small batch specialty coffee roasters,  buying the highest quality green beans and roasting them with respect. Diamond Mule is Grouch & Co’s black seasonal blend designed to make your lips quiver, with perfectly combined specialty grade beans to be served black.

Champion Soy Based Coffee presented by Bonsoy: Fix Three Origin Fairtrade Organic Coffee by Grinders Coffee, Victoria, Australia

Champion Soy Based Coffee

Presented by Bonsoy


Fix Three Origin Fairtrade Organic Coffee

Grinders Coffee, Victoria, Australia
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Tradition and innovation remain at the heart of Grinders Coffee and they strive uncompromisingly for quality everyday. Fix Three Origin Fairtrade Coffee is a blend of premium single origin coffees form Ethiopia, PNG and Nicaragua. The initial taste is of lemon acidity is followed by sweet brown sugar and a long chocolate aftertaste.

Champion Cold Brew Coffee presented by Mr Black Spirits: CHNO Panama, Bellissimo Coffee, Queensland, Australia

Champion Cold Brew Coffee

Presented by Mr Black Spirits


CHNO Panama

Bellissimo Coffee, Queensland, Australia
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Tradition and innovation remain at the heart of Grinders Coffee and they strive uncompromisingly for quality everyday. Fix Three Origin Fairtrade Coffee is a blend of premium single origin coffees form Ethiopia, PNG and Nicaragua. The initial taste is of lemon acidity is followed by sweet brown sugar and a long chocolate aftertaste.

Champion Direct Trade Coffee presented by Riverina Fresh:CHNO Panama, Bellissimo Coffee, Queensland, Australia

Champion Direct Trade Coffee

Presented by Riverina Fresh


CHNO Panama

Bellissimo Coffee, Queensland, Australia
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Bellissimo Coffee purchase beans direct from Los Cantares Estate, a coffee producing farm located in the Paso Ancho area of Volcan, Chiriquí. The estate is a small, family-owned and operated coffee farm currently managed by owner Marie Jackie Mercer Vallarino Cantares. It is situated at 4500 feet above sea level in the shadow of the now-dormant Baru Volcano in Panama's Chiriqui province. The estate is an active member of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama and has won several awards over multiple years with its unique high quality coffee in the Best of Panama competition.