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NZer Wins Jamaica Blue Barista of the Year Title

NZer Wins Jamaica Blue Barista of the Year Title

Sydney, Wednesday 9 February 2005…David Yorke, Barista for Jamaica Blue Riccarton, Christchurch has won the “Jamaica Blue Barista of the Year 2005” title at a recent trans-Tasman competition in Sydney. David triumphed over three Australian finalists to secure the title, scoring highly in all key areas including: preparation; technical competency; knowledge of craft; taste, and presentation.

The ecstatic 30 year old said, “The secret to making great coffee is passion, I love my job and get a buzz from watching customers enjoy their coffee experience. I am very grateful to Jamaica Blue for this opportunity, and am looking forward to displaying this great trophy at my Riccarton store!”

Judges at the competition included industry veterans: Sean Edwards Managing Director CafeBiz and Editor of Café Culture Magazine, Andrew Kremmer Founder and Sales Manager Saeco Australia, Fred Vains Jahnus Specialty Coffee Master Roaster, and Doug Downer Director of Operations and Marketing Foodco.

Foodco’s Doug Downer commented, “With consumers’ taste for coffee becoming more sophisticated every year, it’s important our baristas have excellent skills and a passion to match. David represents the new breed of barista - energetic and eager to perfect the art of coffee making.”

The Jamaica Blue Barista of the Year event was the culmination of several month’s of assessment across all Jamaica Blue stores in Australia and New Zealand. Foodco consultants observed baristas at their stores and selected the best performers as Finalists. These were: Michelle Kay Olson, Jamaica Blue West Lakes South Australia; Anthony Alexander Jamaica Blue Greenwood (North Sydney) New South Wales, and Katrina Cochrane Jamaica Blue Carindale (Brisbane) Queensland.

“Our Barista competition brings key benefits to both the coffee industry and consumers alike,” said Doug Downer Director of Operations and Marketing Foodco. “By involving all our 47 stores, every store barista had the opportunity to learn more about our industry. There can only be several Finalists and one Trans-Tasman winner, but competitions such as this certainly ensure we deliver a fine coffee experience.”


About Foodco Group

Foodco Group was established in 1989 and is wholly Australian owned. The company owns the Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue concepts. There are over 200 stores nationally, with additional stores in Dubai, Kuwait, New Zealand, The United Kingdom and The United States of America.

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