Where the hell have you bean Nick? We hoped Nick would have a response that matched the level of greatness in our pun, and he didn’t disappoint.

The Golden Bean Roasting Championships is the world’s largest coffee roasters competition and conference. The 2018 championships took place in late November, with roasters from across Australia and New Zealand gathering to give it their best ‘shot’, as the judges tasted and scored thousands of entries across multiple categories.

Each year, bronze, silver and gold medals are awarded to the highest scoring coffees in each of the categories, which include milk-based, filter, single origin espresso, decaf and more.

We spoke to our Head Roaster, Nick Ferguson, who out of 5 coffees submitted picked up an amazing 3 bronze medals for his submission of Gesha Village Oma Washed on filter, Yirgacheffe Aricha washed on filter and what Nick likes to call ‘The Angry Blend’, a 50/50 blend of the Ethiopia Anderacha Washed and Konga Natural.

Having roasted coffee for six and a half years, Nick was really keen to see what The Golden Bean competition was about. He travelled 5 hours to Port Macquarie to attend the competition, where he had the opportunity to network with other roasters, green bean suppliers, industry suppliers, reps and fellow coffee aficionados.

“I didn’t expect to place, although, everyone who tasted the Gesha Village washed lot was mind-blown, so I thought it might go pretty well! I was super happy to be awarded three bronze medals, it was my first competition – I’ve never entered anything before so it was really cool to be recognised.”

Nick said if he was to enter again, he would ensure he was roasting to the structure set up by the competition, using the same equipment, parameters and water recipe, rather than roasting the way he usually would. Nick has his eye on entering the upcoming Australian AMC Coffee Roasting Championship and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Back in the roastery, Nick and his partner in crime, Bappy, are currently busy roasting Ethiopians and Centrals including a Panama Hartmann Catuai/Caturra honey process, and some very special Geisha Lots from the same producer. These will be available in The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe for a limited time only. Make sure you ask one of our baristas about it next time you stop by.

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