Canberra barista wins 2011 Australasian Grand Barista Championship

Sasa Sestic, a roaster/barista from Owa Coffee House in ACT, now joins the ranks of one of the best baristas in Australia, following his win at the Australasian Grand Barista Championship (GBC) in Thailand on the 9th July.

Sasa won the title competing against baristas from Hong Kong and Thailand, in front of 100 spectators and lovers of coffee.

Sasa felt a lot of pressure traveling to Thailand as the Australian representative of DGBC and wanted to make sure the title remained in Australia.

“I trained 3-4 hours a day for 3 days a week and also spent time with the Danes team in Australia perfecting my shots.

“It was a great opportunity to travel to another country and see the comparison in techniques. I am excited about bringing the title back to Australia with me” Sasa explained.

The GBC event was born to compliment the Danes Gourmet Coffee Institute training and accreditation system to promote a greater espresso standard within the coffee industry.

This was the first time that the Grand Finals were held outside of Australia.

“Asia is the fastest growing coffee region in the world. It makes sense to host the GBC final there where they are very passionate and excited about coffee and the GBC competition” explains Paul Jackson, Danes Gourmet Coffee CEO.

Now with the ever-increasing awareness in Asia of the Australian espresso techniques thanks to GBC, it may not be long before we see an Asian GBC champion.

“ The Non Espresso coffees were a delight to taste with some amazing flavours only to be achieved through the siphon, or in Sasa’s case, pour through paper filter” Paul commented when discussing the competition.

The 2012 Australasian Grand Barista Championship will again be held in Thailand, and then move to Hofex in Hong Kong in 2013 for the biggest GBC ever.

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