Barista Champion for 2018 Crowned

Merlo’s annual Barista Championships wrapped up last night and a new Champion has been crowned!

Each year Merlo stores nominate their best baristas to take part, battling it out over two heats for a coveted spot in the final.

During the heats, our thirty eight competitors each produced 2 short blacks, 2 cappuccinos, and 2 mezzo mezzos in 8 minutes.

The finished products were assessed by our expert panel of coffee gurus on technique and quality.

The six competitors who nabbed spots in the final were:

  • Alex B from UQ
  • Chloe K from Bowen Hills
  • Miranda R from Bowen Hills
  • Jaegan T from Sunshine Plaza
  • Kelsey S from Toowong
  • Saraya L from Queen Street.

After a tense 15 minutes each, making 12 coffees, the results were in…

Kelsey from the Toowong Torrefazione is our 2018 Barista Champion.

Coming in second was UQ’s own Alex and Chloe from Bowen Hills nabbed the bronze.

Congratulations to all our barista competitors for rising up to this incredible challenge! The care and technique into every cup of coffee is to be applauded.