Event review: 2013 Melbourne International Coffee Expo

In the midst of the excitement building around the World Barista Championships that will be held in Australia for the first time in history, Gastrology bloggers were invited to a one-of-a-kind presentation last night to witness what makes Matt Perger Australia’s top barista.

Having won coffee competitions at the state and national level, Perger will be representing Australia at the World Barista Championships where he will be competing against over 55 other national champions at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo from 23 -26 May 2013.
For the competition, Perger has to prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four coffee-based “signature drinks” for a panel of six judges – all in just 15 minutes!

We witnessed Perger show off his coffee-making skills at this exclusive media event and were privileged to hear Perger discuss the training it takes to become a Barista Champion, and the stardom that could follow if he takes the world title. With a history of success behind Perger (having placed third at the 2011 World Barista Championships in Colombia) we know he will do Australia proud.
Australia’s reigning Brewers Cup Champion Lachlan Ward was also present and demonstrated what exactly an alternative brewing method is. 

Both Perger and Ward work for St Ali Coffee Roasters.

Images courtesy of BeanScene Magazine