Roasters from Australia and New Zealand have taken home the top accolades at the 2014 Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA) conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV).
Aroma Coffee Roastery from New South Wales have won Champion Australian Roaster and Toasted Espresso from Auckland, New Zealand, were awarded Champion International Roaster.
This year the AICA received a record-breaking 800 entries and 170 medals were awarded – 12 gold, 43 silver and 115 bronze – to entrants from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the 2014 AICA was an overwhelming success with significant growth in entries from Australian and international roasters.
“In only its second year the program has experienced a remarkable 30 per cent increase in entries. The creditability, integrity and rigor of the judging process for the Australian International Coffee Awards has resulted in the program quickly becoming highly regarded and valued by the industry.
“The RASV is proud to give coffee roasters a unique and exciting platform to showcase and benchmark their products against the highest international standards.
“We acknowledge the contribution made by this year’s judges and congratulate all Australian International Coffee Awards entrants and winners,” said Mr. O’Sullivan.
Victoria took home six of the 12 gold medals awarded, including the trophy for Champion Milk-Based Coffee awarded to Reverence Coffee Roasters. Trophies for Champion Espresso and Champion Filter were awarded to New South Wales brewers Danes Gourmet Coffee and Aroma Coffee Roastery respectively, with New South Wales claiming four gold medals overall.
Ristretto Coffee Roasters from Western Australia claimed a gold medal in the filter coffee category and Rush Coffee Limited claimed an international gold medal for New Zealand. Held annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the AICA is Australia’s first international coffee roasting competition, celebrating and promoting Australian and international coffee roasting excellence, with categories for Espresso, Milk Based and Filter Coffee.
For more information, visit http://www.rasv.com.au/coffee or follow the AICA on Twitter at @AusCoffeeAwards.
Champion Australian Roaster and Champion Filter Coffee – Aroma Coffee Roastery, Gavin Gam
Champion International Roaster – Toasted Espresso, Charles Williams
Champion Milk Based Coffee – Reverence Coffee Roasters, Anneliese & Andreas Martinu