The Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA) will again be looking for the Australian and International Champion Roaster for its 2014 Awards when entries open on Wednesday 4 December 2013. Conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the AICA celebrates and promotes coffee roasting excellence in Australia and around the world and is a partner event of MICE2014.
As Australia’s first international coffee roasting competition, the AICA attracted more than 600 entries in its first year from more than 130 coffee roasters in countries including New Zealand, Vanuatu and Mexico.
The AICA includes competition categories for Espresso, Milk Based Coffee, Filter Coffee and Syphon Coffee.
In 2013 the AICA was judged by a panel of 28 experts, including highly acclaimed international barista and consultant Emma Markland-Webster with 174 medals awarded, four of those gold.
RASV CEO Mr Mark O’Sullivan encourages roasters to enter the 2014 AICA and says its success is testament to the wealth of talent working in the coffee industry.
“The Australian International Coffee Awards is designed to provide a unique opportunity for talented Australian and international roasters to have their beans assessed by a panel of industry experts in Melbourne, the coffee capital of Austraila.
“We look forward to maintaining the momentum created by the 2013 awards and reaching out to more roasters around the world in 2014,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
Entries for the 2014 AICA will close on Friday, 21 February 2014, with judging scheduled to take place in March 2014 at Melbourne Showgrounds.
The AICA winners will be announced in May 2014 as part of the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), Australia’s biggest coffee event.