Australia International Coffee Awards winners reveal secrets to success

danes AICA winners

BeanScene magazine has featured Danes among the winners of the 2019 Australian International Coffee Awards.

Over three days in March, a panel of coffee experts congregated in a mass blind tasting to award the smoothest, most flavoursome, and most refined local and international coffees in the industry’s revered annual roasting competition.

New South Wales roaster Danes Specialty Coffee took home the coveted Champion Australian Roaster for the second year in a row at this year’s Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA). 

Owner Paul Jackson says the back-to-back win was a shock and makes him more determined to continue producing high quality coffee. 

“It’s a humbling surprise. I’ve been in coffee for 25 years. To have been honoured like this says that I’ve been here for a long time, but it doesn’t make me irrelevant,” Paul says.

“For our espresso blend, we used two high grade origins. One was a washed Kenya and the other was an Ethiopian ascension blend with an abundance of fruity flavours. When combining two blends, one is going to be more dominant, and the other more submissive. To get the right balance and the right percentage we continued to practice and experiment to create that uniqueness that gave us the right roast profile.” 

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) hosts the annual coffee roasting competition. This year it received more than 800 entries from more than 150 local and international coffee roasters including coffees from Australia, New Zealand, China, Greece, Hong Kong, the United States, and the Maldives.

Using the RASV scoring system, the judges awarded a total of 330 medals at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 20 to 22 March. Any coffee awarded 54 to 60 points was presented a gold medal, 49 to 53 points a silver, and 44 to 48 a bronze.

The judges awarded 15 gold, 100 silver, and 215 bronze medals to exemplary coffees.

Eight trophies were presented including Champion Australian Roaster, Champion International Roaster, Champion Direct Trade or Microlot Coffee, Champion Espresso, Champion Milk-Based Coffee, Champion Soy-Based Coffee, Champion Filter Coffee, and Champion Cold Brew Coffee.

As well as the prestigious Champion Australian Roaster title, Danes won the single origin category for its Kenya Gakundu and silver for its Kenya Ndiaini in the cold brew category.


The full article appears in the June edition of BeanScene Magazine.

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