Last year at Golden Bean Australia/NZ we invited Brandon Bir from Crimson Cup Coffee Ohio to attend the event. The day before Golden Bean judging commenced we ran a sensory analysis course with Brandon, whose experience as an SCA AST and SCA campus inspector was a valuable well of knowledge for roasters to tap into. We had a great response from this workshop and we’ve decided to run a similar workshop at this year’s Golden Bean Australia/NZ.
Organising this kind of workshop before Golden Bean builds upon the education aspect of Golden Bean, one of the valuable reasons for roasters to attend. It is also a great way for roasters to take a break from being behind the roaster and get to experience a fun week with like-minded people and also learn a few things. This year Brandon will be leading another workshop exploring the coffee triangulations of the world.
This workshop will greatly benefit those interested in taking the Q-Grader exam. You will not only explore the 4 Q-Grader tests but will build upon the basic understanding of cupping protocols, the coffee flavour wheel, and differences in coffee profiles due to processing, variety, and/or region. In one short day, we will taste our way through Central and South America, Africa and Asia.
Part sensory science, part history, and lots of tasting, this workshop is for coffee professionals that want to develop calibration skills and be positioned to make better informed purchasing decisions.
Lunch will be provided by Golden Bean Australia/NZ. This workshop will be held on Tuesday 19th of November 2019. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge on Q-Grader tests, more tickets are available now via our Eventbrite ->
Tickets will be limited so we do suggest booking now before spots fill up. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
The Golden Bean is only 5 weeks away and preparations are in full swing. Amongst all the planning we have had a slight delay on our coffee bags getting sent out. Our bags for this year are scheduled to be sent out before the end of next week. We apologise for the delay.
There will be 6 Golden Bean bags sent with an information slip on how to submit your entries and what information is to be written on your coffee bags.
These bags will be sent out to over 2,000 roasters in Australia/NZ so please be patient as they may take up to two weeks.
If you don’t receive the Golden Bean bags by the two weeks and you need to send your coffee to us, please send your coffee in an unmarked bag with the category number clearly marked and your business card inside the box. If you need more than 6 coffee bags please send the remaining coffees in unmarked bags as above.
The address you will send your coffee bags to is:
ATTN: THE GOLDEN BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS COMPETITION 1/2 Arncliffe Avenue, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444
Please send your coffee so that it arrives by 18th November to be at the competition in time. Please also be mindful when entering your coffee’s into Golden Bean Portal as the name you call your coffee entry will be the name that it is presented as.
Happy entering and we are very excited to see you all soon.
The Golden Bean is the world’s largest coffee roaster competition with roasters submitting their choice coffees to be judged by industry peers at the conference. Over the last 5 years we’ve held a green bean cupping event “The Green Bean Zone”, with the aim of connecting brokers with purchasers and quality face to face business interaction. The end result – coffee roasters can meet all participating brokers in one space, cup a wide range of origins, open up supply channels / options and facilitate purchasing needs for the ensuing year.
To grow on this already successful program – in 2018 we have added a monthly communication stream “The Green Bean Portal” whereby we’ll be sharing monthly event information, news and relevant products with coffee roasting businesses. A key part of this communication will be the inclusion of a GREEN BEAN offer list showcasing what’s available NOW.
To join us and maximise your interaction with Australian Coffee Roasters contact [email protected] for more information.
As the only member of BSCA (Brazil Specialty Coffee Association) in Australia, Minas Hill Coffee is proud to offer what the Brazilian Specialty Coffee industry has in its best.
We focus on providing to roasters access to high-end and reliable coffees, ongoing, lots or micro-lots.
Last week the coffee Industry judged and awarded Australia’s and New Zealand’s best coffee roasting business at the 12th annual Pentair Everpure Golden Bean Roaster’s Competition and Conference.
The coastal town of Port Macquarie, headquarters for Café Culture International, was blessed with the smell of roasted coffee in the air as the industry judged the country’s best at this year’s Pentair Everpure Golden Bean Roaster’s Competition the Largest Coffee Roasters competition in the world. Read More
Q – How do you win the Overall Golden Bean? A – You must enter a coffee in the Espresso category #1, Milk Based category #2 and Filter category #3. The highest scoring entries you submit from each of these categories will be added together for your Golden Bean score.
Congratulations to all who entered the 2016 competition.
The coastal city of Port Macquarie last week was blessed with the smell of roasted coffee in the air as the industry judged the countries best roasted coffee. Competition organiser Sean Edwards from Café Culture was honoured to bring this global event back to his home town where the event originated eleven years ago. The event attracted 150 industry professionals who participated in the judging process, sorting through over 1300 entries to find one overall winner.
TIP #10 – Read the rules and please do not be shy to ask questions of the organizers. Think outside the square, be creative, well organized and treat this competition competitively if you want to be a winner.
That’s tip number 10. Good luck in the competition and keep in mind how valuable attending the judging sessions would be for you!
TIP #9 – Open your mind to global coffee trends. The Compak Golden Bean is a global competition that automatically sifts through high quality entries in its unique judging process to find the best of the best. What is on trend in our current marketplace is quality of the complete bean to cup process, so if you cut corners you will not win awards.
TIP #8 – Try and make a big effort to participate as a delegate at a Golden Bean event. You will reap the benefits of learning new skills, networking with fellow roasters and have better insights into industry trends. You will also improve your tasting skills by learning to judge competition coffees.
TIP #7 – People love winners. Make sure you enter a coffee that you can access for the next 12 months and is the perfect vehicle to market yourself. It’s definitely worth including medals with stickers on your packaging. This competition has followed the successful wine industry awards model with the industry practice being to display your success with medals on packaging helping the consumer make the right choice.
TIP #6 – The rules allow you to enter as many coffees in each category as you want – the more entries, the more chances of winning. Make sure you enter Category 1 (Espresso) and Category 2 (Milk Based) as these combined scores can win you the overall Golden Bean.
TIP #5 – For single origin categories, pick a bean origin that is on trend, as the competition has noticed that there will be a preferred flavor profile for that year. E.g. In 2014 it was Panama Beans, while in 2015 Ethiopian Yirgacheffe was preferred.
TIP #4 – Check what is current nationally in roast profile (colour). If the trends are for lighter roasted coffees, this is where the judge’s palate will be (all coffees are blind cupped so judges do not see beans).
TIP #3 – When practicing, cup the coffees to the aging process then test and taste each day for 14 days to see when the coffee is at its optimum taste levels (aged coffees have historically performed better in this competition).
TIP #2 – Practice roasting your beans with different roast profiles. Cup the coffee for that category’s brew method. Record each cupping and get as many palates as possible involved in helping with this process.
The Compak Golden Bean has become an annual highlight in Australia for more than a decade, and expanded to North America in 2015 with Portland hosting its first event. The competition is the largest of its type, last year getting more than two thousand entries across both events.
Having watched The Compak Golden Bean grow with many well-deserved winners, we’ve got some tips to share of how roasters can reach the peak of their craft.
We have just finished setting up online registrations for this year’s Compak Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competitions. This online entry system will speed things up and make easier the whole communication process. We receive and process thousands of coffee entries between the two global events, and are understandably very excited about this innovation. The new system will let you manage your coffee entries until you submit them and then once judged Read More
Anne Cooper is a country girl who has roasted up a great career as a Master Roastress. She has established herself over 23 years in the industry, from barista to cafe owner, to competitor, trainer, roaster, judge and consultant, including a raft of accreditations to back up that experience.
This event has been running successfully now in Australia since 2007 and in North America since 2015. The event includes four days of judging and expert industry speakers, as well as evening networking functions, creating a valuable opportunity for roasters to network with each other and form great alliances within the industry.
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