A Lismore barista has been crowned the best in the world at a competition on the Gold Coast yesterday.
Justin Porrett from Gloria Jean’s Coffees in Lismore outperformed some of the most talented baristas from New Zealand,Asia and the United States in an epic barista showdown conducted by the Retail Food Group (RFG).
Taking full advantage of competing on home turf, Mr Porrett took out the title of RFG International Barista Champion, impressing judges with his ginger, cucumber and lime espresso based signature beverage.
Justin and the other finalists were each tasked with creating their best single espresso, latte and espresso based signature beverage.
Competitors were judged on taste, technique and presentation, and technical judge Peita Laws said the Australian’s technical skills got him across the line.
‘Justin was technically flawless; his workflow and station management created a great consistency in his espresso forming the perfect base for each drink,’ she said.
‘Justin’s perfection in his technical skills shone through in the cup, as did his true passion for coffee and coffee service.’
RFG chief executive Gary Alford said the competition showcased the group’s love for coffee, involving each of its highly successful coffee retail brands.
‘With more than 2,500 outlets across the globe, RFG has thousands of baristas across our Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Michel’s Patisserie, Donut King, Cafe2U and Esquires coffee brands,’ he said.
‘In addition to roasting and supplying each of our brands with its unique blend, RFG is involved in every step of the coffee-making process, from sourcing, blending and roasting the beans right through to the latte art in each cup, so we definitely consider ourselves experts.’
Justin takes home a total of $6,000 in prize money, winning $3,000 for each of his title wins over the past two days; RFG Australian Barista Champion and RFG International Barista Champion.