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Baristas Battle For Coffee Dominance

Baristas Battle For Coffee Dominance
From left Paula Duaikoro of Cafe Paradise,winner Sera Gaunavou of Tanoa Hotel and Nacanieli Qarau after the Barista of the Year 2018 Regional Competition at the Novotel Hotel Lami on August 28,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
August 29
14:48 2018

Baristas from the Central Division yesterday engaged in fierce competition over who can make the best coffee.

Taking place over three days, the regional Piazza Doro/Yees Cold Storage Fiji Barista Competition is a battle for coffee dominance.

Coffee-makers represent different hotels and restaurants from their respective divisions at the meet, and organisers say contests can be red-hot.

The competition isn’t only about whose coffee tastes the best.

Competitive edge

To have the competitive edge, baristas must demonstrate an array of coffee-making skills, including effectively operating equipment.

The rewards, at $100 for the winner, $75 for the runner-up and $50 for the first runner-up, may seem small.

But being top three at the regional competition will earn baristas the opportunity to compete with the best in the country at October’s Moffat Culinaire Chefs com¬petition.

A spot in the World Chefs Barista Competition awaits the coffee-maker that wins the national-level meet in Nadi. 

Twelve baristas participated on the first day of the regional competition at Novotel Suva Lami Bay.

About the competition

Since 2013, the competition has been jointly run by global coffee brand Piazza Doro and Yees Cold Storage.

The competition confirms the existence of a thriving coffee culture in Fiji, underpinned by growing customer demand and a rapidly developing market.

It also helps support and propel the careers of local baristas, giving them an incentive to improve their coffee-making skills.

“Coffee-making is an art,” says Laite Cavalevu, sales and training manager at Yees Cold Storage.

“We want to give local baristas a platform to showcase their skills and hence urge employers to send them to this competition.

“The hope is that people become aware that it’s just not simply about making coffee – there’s a lot of skills and work put behind it.”

The regional competition continues today at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.

The final regional meet is scheduled for Thursday at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi.



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