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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

The Four Finalists will battle it out to become The MILKLAB Barista Battle Champion at Melbourne International Coffee Expo at 2pm on Friday 8th February.  Congratulations to Jibbi Little (@Jjbbi.the.little), Roberth Villanueva (@art_roberth_studios), Andy Tseng (@micro.foam) and Corey Williams (@corey_vs_coffee).

 

COMPETITION OVERVIEW

What is it?

The MILKLAB Barista Battle Series is a competition format for baristas to showcase their skills with alternative milk and coffee.

This competition takes place in an industry setting with professionals from the coffee industry as judges.

The four winners of the first stage of the competition entered via Instagram will be invited to attend the Barista Battle Series final to crown MILKLAB’s next Barista Battle Champion at The Melbourne International Coffee Expo.

 

Who can participate?

The competition is open to Australian citizens and residents over 18 years of age.

 

Is there a cost to participate?

  1. There is no entry fee for the participants
  2. All ingredients required by participants for making the three beverages required will be supplied.

 

What prize does the MILKLAB Barista Battle Series Champion receive?

The winning barista plus a friend will be flown to Vietnam for 5 nights to visit the Dalat region- The trip will consist of visits to several coffee plantations, a coffee roaster and a barista training centre, participation in a bean to cup workshop as well as an opportunity to showcase their skills at local La Viet cafe!

 

How do you enter the competition?

Initial entries are via Instagram.  Entrants must upload a video (maximum one minute in length) to their Instagram page of themselves show-casing their most creative latte art design using MILKLAB Almond, MILKLAB Coconut, MILKLAB Macadamia or MILKLAB Soy.  To enter participants must tag @milklabco and also use the hashtag #milklabbaristabattle

Video entries must show the MILKLAB product being poured from a MILKLAB carton into a milk jug and being stretched and textured prior to being poured.

Entrant’s Instagram account must be public and not set to private to be eligible.

 

When can you enter the competition?

The competition commences at 12.01am AEDST on 13/12/2018 and closes at 5pm AEDST on 13/01/2019.

How are the winners of the initial Instagram round chosen?

The four latte art designs deemed to be the most creative by the MILKLAB team will go through to the MILKLAB Barista Battle Series finals at The Melbourne International Coffee Expo.

 

What happens at the MILKLAB Barista Battle Series finals?

There will be three rounds in the MILKALB Barista Battle Series Finals, the competitor with the lowest score in each round will be eliminated.

At the beginning of each round the competitors names will be put into a hat and a random draw will allocate the order in which they compete.

Round one and two- One card will be drawn from the latte art card deck and one card will be drawn from the milk card deck by a judge.  The competitors will all make this beverage and be scored by the judges.

The final round will involve three stages:

  • Latte Art- The competitors will create the drink as decided by the latte art and milk cards drawn randomly by a judge.
  • Signature Design- Competitors must produce a creative design of choice using any MILKLAB product excluding Dairy and Lactose Free.
  • Flavour- Competitors must produce a creative design that highlights harmony between the coffee and the milk using MILKLAB Almond Milk.

 

What do participants need to bring to the final rounds?

Successful participants who compete in the final need to bring their own…

  1. Tampers and tamping mats
  2. Shot glasses and extraction timers
  3. Milk-foaming jugs and thermometers
  4. Cleaning supplies (wipes, brushes etc.)

 

What is provided?

Participants will be provided with…

  1. A small area for preparing and assembling beverages
  2. An espresso machine and grinder
  3. A refrigerator
  4. Waste bins
  5. Coffee beans and MILKLAB milk

 

How does the judging take place?

Participants are judged on…

  1. How skilfully beverages are prepared and served
  2. The presentation and taste of the beverages
  3. Their presentation and customer service skills.

 

How long does the competition take?

In rounds one and two of the finals participants will be allocated a 6 minute timeslot on the program.

  1. 2 minutes for preparation time
  2. 2 minutes for competition time
  3. 2 minutes for clean-up time.

A timekeeper will inform the participant when each session starts and finishes.

In the final round participants will be allocated an 11 minute timeslot on the program.

  1. 2.5 minutes for preparation time
  2. 6 minutes for competition time
  3. 2.5 minutes for clean-up time.

A timekeeper will inform the participant when each session starts and finishes.

 

Where do participants go on arrival at The Melbourne International Coffee Expo?

Participants are to arrive at the MILKLAB stand (stand 107) at The Melbourne International Coffee Expo by 1.30pm on Friday 8th February.

 

What happens in preparation time?

Participants bring their equipment to their work station.

They use the time to have a practice run on the equipment and ensure the workstation is ready for their performance.

When set up is complete, the MC will introduce each participant to the judges and crowd. This will announce the start of each participant’s performance time.

 

What happens in performance time?

Rounds one and two- Latte art

The competitors will create the drink as decided by the latte art and milk cards drawn randomly by a judge.

Runners will clear the beverages away once the judges have finished with them.

Final Round- In the following order, the competitors will…

  • Latte Art- The competitors will create the drink as decided by the latte art and milk cards drawn randomly by a judge.
  • Signature Design- Competitors must produce a creative design of choice using any MILKLAB product excluding Dairy and Lactose Free.
  • Flavour- Competitors must produce a creative design that highlights harmony between the coffee and the milk using MILKLAB Almond Milk.

Runners will clear the beverages away once the judges have finished with them.

If the participant does not complete all 3 beverages in their 5 minute performance time, they will attract scoring penalties.

 

What happens in clean-up time?

Participants must clean the work area and leave it as they found it. They may receive assistance during this time. 

 

BEVERAGE DEFINITIONS

Latte art

The latte art design and Milklab Milk type are dependent on the cards chosen by a judge. The beverage is prepared using 1 shot of espresso topped with textured MILKLAB milk. It is served in a cup with a handle.

It should produce a harmonious balance of rich, velvety milk and espresso and is less than 240 ml in volume.

It is to be presented on a saucer and NO additional toppings including chocolate, sugar or spices can be used in or on top of the beverage.

Signature Drink

The signature beverage is a freestyle beverage created by the participant to demonstrate their creativity and skill to create an appealing and individual latte art design on the beverage using any MILKAB product excluding Dairy and Lactose Free.

It must be made with at least one espresso shot with the dominant taste of coffee present.

It may be served at any temperature above 50°C; and may be presented to the judges in any way the participant chooses but it must be able to be drunk without a spoon.

It should produce a harmonious balance of rich, velvety milk and espresso and is less than 240 ml in volume.

It is to be presented on a saucer and NO additional toppings including chocolate, sugar or spices can be used in or on top of the beverage.

Flavour – MILKLAB Almond

MILKLAB Almond beverage is prepared using 1 shot of espresso topped with textured MILKLAB Almond milk. It is served in a cup with a handle. It should produce a harmonious balance of rich, velvety milk and espresso and is less than 240 ml in volume.

It is to be presented on a saucer and NO additional toppings including chocolate, sugar or spices can be used in or on top of the beverage.

 

Judges will also be making scoring decision on the following:

  1. Taste balance (of sweetness, acidity and bitterness)
  2. Tactile balance (full-bodied, rounded and smooth)

 

Scoring Judges

Participants will be scored by 3 sensory judges.

Sensory judges are responsible for evaluating and scoring the presentation and taste of the beverages – and the participant as a barista.

They will each complete a SENSORY SCORE SHEET for each participant and provide constructive comments as feedback to the participants.

The head judge will collate the scoresheets and scores providing an outcome at the end of each round.

 

Scoring Sheets

The scoresheets used are modified with words linked to scores

Unacceptable = 0, Acceptable = 1, Average = 2, Good = 3, Very good = 4, Excellent = 5, Extraordinary = 6

Increments of .5 are not allowed

Scoring is at the discretion of each judge for any given performance and the scores will be final.

 

MILKLAB Barista Battle Series Terms & Conditions