Local coffee gains medals!

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Photo: High Trees

Congratulations to some of our Northern Rivers coffee growers, who were awarded medals at the 2014 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Coffee Competition  last week.

The biggest haul – SIX medals – went to  Jenni and Tony Rogers of High Trees Estate at Dalwood. They gained three silver medals in the Espresso, Cappuccino and Plunger classes and three bronze medals in the Espresso, Plunger and Decaffeinated Coffee classes. An outstanding achievement for these newcomers to the industry.

Jos and Wendy Webber of Kahawa Estate, were thrilled with their TWO bronze medals also in the Plunger – single origin class for their ‘Lava’ roast and in the Espresso short black class for their ‘Magma’ roast.

The coffee competition attracts over 250 entries of some of the world’s best coffees and is one of Australia’s most prestigious coffee judging events. Hundreds of coffees (mostly imported beans) from roasters all over Australia were entered in several different Classes. The offerings from the different roasters are judged to internationally set criteria by a panel of judges who are experienced in coffee roasting, blending and cupping. The judges see only entry numbers and are not allowed anywhere near the store room or area from where the coffee beans are dispensed.

Coffees that score 90 or above are awarded a gold medal, those scoring from 82 to 89, a silver and a score of 74 to 81 gets a bronze medal. Out of a total of 254 entrants, 1 coffee was awarded a gold medal, 33 coffees were awarded silver medals and 91 awarded bronze.

Australian Subtropical Coffee Association President, Jan Fadelli, said “the awards were an indication that great tasting coffee is now being consistently produced by local growers. Our Association, which represents most of those involved in the local coffee industry, has been focussing on developing the distinctive flavour qualities of our sub tropical coffee. Our success in this year’s show is a very pleasing reward for our efforts”.

Source: Australian Sub-tropical Coffee Association

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