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GBC | 22nd Aug 2009 | 一般 | (194 Reads)
Australasia GBC 2009-08-22Hello, last Saturday the 2009 Australasia GBC took place in Sydney at the Manly Yacht club.  The venue (which has one of the most spectacular views in Australia 'the waters of Sydney harbour') was full during the competition.  There were close to 200 people at the height of the competition coming from Italy, Hong Kong, Thailand and several Australian states.   On the day everybody was up early, the sky's put on their own show and were crystal clear and without a cloud; the venue was full;  specialty coffee was on display and available for tasting; the scene was set!I was nervous just watching and can only imagine how Tracy 'HK's Grand Barista' was feeling!  To Tracy's credit, up against some of the best baristas in Oceania and parts of Asia, Tracy appeared amazingly calm and was very composed throughout her performance.  The eventual winner of the Australasia 2009 GBC (after for he's third year competing) was Jesse Hyde.  Jesse now travels to Milan Italy in October to attend HOST.  2nd place went to Alexanda Stathis and third place went to Luke Elkhuizen. Although Tracy didn't manage this year a top three placing, her latte art and table settings were scored very highly by judges and amongst the best.  Tracy had a great following in Sydney, all travelled from Hong Kong and they get my personal award ' best cheer squad '.  Sitting in the front row, Tracy's cheer squad roared with support as Tracy entered the stage and finished her session.  'Tracy, you did a magnificent job, I am personally very proud of you as I believe are your colleagues and the rest of Hong Kong Barista fraternity!  You're a different barista from the experience of the HK GBC and now Australasia GBC; you're the HK Grand Barista and I believe a role model for other baristas to aspire to in the profession of a barista '.  Please everybody send Tracy a note of congrats; she's done HK proud!  Craig Jackson

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