The Australian International Coffee Awards 2020 provided roasters an opportunity to put their coffee brand on the map in a rigorous judging process that celebrated roasting’s complexity and craft.
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) awards programme received 800 entries from 172 roasters across 15 countries.
According to Kirsten Stubbings, Manager of the Australian International Coffee Awards, there was a quality improvement in coffees presented in the competition this year.
The Australian International Coffee Awards is the only international roasting competition in Australia, receiving more than 800 entries from over 180 exhibitors from around the worldhttps://www.rasv.com.au/australian-international-coffee-awards/
Head Judge Melissa Caia was impressed with what Australian and international roasters are producing, which was reflected in the results. Stubbings also stated that it showed how happy the exhibitors were with the results following feedback.
Using the RASV scoring system, any coffee awarded 44 to 48 points received a bronze medal, 49 to 53 points a silver, and 54 to 60 points a gold. A total of 291 medals was given out in 2020 – 184 bronze, 92 silver, and 15 gold.
The awards are grouped into three categories:
- Champion Australian Roaster
- Champion International Roaster
- Champion Direct Trade or Microlot Coffee
Best in Class Trophies
- Champion Espresso
- Champion Milk Based Coffee
- Champion Soy Based Coffee
- Champion Filter Coffee
- Champion Cold Brew Coffee
This year, Campos Coffee took the Champion Australian Roaster title and Champion Direct Trade or Microlot Coffee, and Champion Filter Coffee for its Panama Esmeralda Super Mario Geisha.
The title of Champion International Roaster was Caffe Artigiano in Taiwan, which also won Champion Espresso for its Super Species, and took the Champion Milk Based Coffee trophy for its Super Coffee.
The full results can be found on the organisation website, but be warned the PDF download is 25MB!
Will Young, founder, and CEO described the award as recognising the hard work the Campos team has put into its roasting and green bean buying programs over more than a decade.
In the 2020 Australian International Coffee Awards’ 173 exhibitors, 67 international roasters submitted 248 coffees.
Another award for Champion Cold Brew Coffee took Gourmet Espresso in New Zealand. The shop intends to be dairy- and sugar-free wherever possible and showcases the best of the coffee industry’s collective efforts, from organic farmers to master roasters and brewers.