Mocopan wins gold at roasters awards
Mocopan’s Ethiopian Djimmah won first place in the single-origin espresso category at the Golden Bean Roasters Awards last week!
Now in its ninth year, the awards see the country’s best roasters come together for one week and go head-to-head in blind tastings across 12 categories.
This year we were lucky enough to have multiple medal success. We also snagged a bronze for the Mocopan Kenyan Gatina in the Pour Over category.
Habib Maarbani, Mocopan’s National Coffee Training Manager, traveled to the coastal town of Port Macquarie, NSW for the awards.
“The single origin category was so close that the winner was only decided after a number of repeat pours,” says Habib. “The fact that we still came out on top after so much deliberation made it all the more satisfying!”
Habib has been involved in the Golden Bean Roasters Awards for a while now, pouring coffee behind the scenes for a couple of years before flying the Mocopan flag at the event for the first time three years ago.
This year Habib helped out as a judge for the milk category and also kept busy
producing the filter coffee for the judges.
The people behind the scenes in the “engine room” receive a small sample of the roasters coffee to prepare for the judges. The team making the coffee to be blind tasted was made up of experienced and celebrated baristas including 2014 Australian Barista Champion Craig Simon, and two-time Queensland Barista Champion Tim Adams, as well as our own Habib, who is the 2014 NSW Barista Champion.
“A real highlight of the week was getting a chance to learn more on the art of pour over,” says Habib. “Also, when the baristas come across a coffee they like, they often prepare one for themselves in addition to the ones they prepare for the judges, which means I sampled a lot of really good coffee.”
Over 400 roasters entered the competition, with over 1300 entries to be judged over the four days.
“More than anything the Golden Bean has really demonstrated the quality of the roasting industry in Australia,” says Habib. “The public is demanding a higher quality and the roasters are definitely delivering.”