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Natvia Sweet Team back to defend WRBC title

Posted January 23, 2016

2015’s inaugural World’s Richest Barista Competition (WRBC) concluded with a nail biting finish whereby finalist Natvia Sweet Team and Veneziano Coffee Roasters could only be separate by 1 point. Both these teams will return to battle it out for the 2016 title and a share of the $50,000 prize pool. Since claiming the title Natvia Sweet Team members have gone on to add more bling to the trophy cabinet with Tilly Sproule now QLD Barista Champion and Danny Andrade QLD Brewers Cup Champion.

The Worlds Richest Barista Competition is a team challenge and was launched at Cafe Biz Expo Brisbane in 2015. The competition saw 14 teams compete in head to head competition to produce a cafe menu of coffee beverages.

This unique competition is designed to replicate a busy café scenario whereby a team of baristas must work together to make a range of beverages based on customer orders. At the start of each round teams will collect an order of 7 drinks which will consist of Espresso / Lattes and Dine-In / Takeaway beverages. Competitors are also requested to pour a set latte art pattern on each of the milk-based coffee beverages – Swan, Tulip, Rosetta and free pour – to challenge and demonstrate the competitors’ creativity. The seventh beverage on each order is a filter coffee, single origin espresso or a signature beverage. This competition is a true café test to find the best brew crew under real-café conditions.

“A key element to the event is live scoring… NO score sheets or delayed results.

The first event was an amazing success and included involvement from leading coffee roasting businesses, state / national and world champion baristas. We are looking forward to an even BIGGER event in 2016.” said Kevin Chilvers event director.

“Last years grand final was VERY EXCITING after 10 cups it was 5 ALL between the Natvia Sweet Team and Veneziano Coffee Roasters. 10-9 to Veneziano after 19 cups, 10 All after 20 cups with the prize money all at stake on the last cup.”

WRBC 2016 will be hosted at Fine Food QLD at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition from 10th – 12th April. 16 teams will battle over the 3 days and will include Australia’s best baristas, specialty coffee roasters and a number of international competitors. Team lists will be announced soon.

Day 1 & 2 – Pool Phase (14 Cup Competition)
Day 3 – Finals (21 Cup Competition)