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Finalists being shortlisted for Barista of the Year Competition

Finalists being shortlisted for  Barista of the Year Competition
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August 16
18:59 2014

Competitions are being organised around the country for the first time to select the finalists for the Barista of the Year competition.

The competition which is organised by the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association in conjunction with Fiji Chefs Association has thus been taken to another new level.

Fiji Chefs Association president, Shailesh Naidu, said this would be the first time the competition has gone regional, meaning around the country.

“Before we would just have interested baristas coming in,” he said.

“But now we have hosted it to three different regions before the finals.”

The event covers areas around Suva zone, Coral Coast and Nadi to Rakiraki corridors, where 12 finalists have been chosen and will compete in the finals.

Mr Naidu said the competition has greatly assisted the baristas.

“It is a healthy competition where the coffee makers can fine-tune their skills by seeing the technicality side of things that is highlighted by the qualified judges,” he said.

Master Blenders general manager, Daniel Hardcastle, said the number of participants turning up was good.

“This is the first time the competition has gone regional and the turnout from the participants has been amazing,” he said.

Mr Hardcastle said the main purpose for this competition was to ensure that baristas made good coffee.

“What we are trying to do technically is to try and make sure that they know how to make coffee,” he said.

In the regional competition, the first prize getter walks away with $100, runner up receives $50 and in third place takes $25 but the prizes will be different in the final competition.

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