TWO Baldivis baristas have perfected the ‘full crema’ to win every round of the national the Jamaica Blue Barista Competition .
Jamaica Blue Baldivis team members Dan Chidley and Mach Trehern were crowned the best in all three challenges: Latte Art, Hustle and Bustle-making 20 coffees in 10 minutes, and the Seasonal Beverage Cup Tasting Challenge.
The challenge was held in Sydney on July 5 and 6.
Mr Chidley’s work at Jamaica Blue Baldivis has already won the tastebuds of his customers.
“Funnily enough I do get people who come in and will only have their coffee made by me,” he said.
While still at school he wanted a job for a bit of extra cash and got a job at Jamaica Blue Secret Harbour.
“I had just turned 14 and just wanted to get a job,” he said.
“I never thought it was something I would enjoy so much and want to make a career out of.”
He fine tuned his skills by doing a barista course and entering competitions.
“I moved to the Baldivis store after four years in Secret Harbour; then I started entering national competitions and in 2015 I went to the same competition,” he said.
“Doing so well and winning that I realised I had talent in this.
“I got as many tips and pointers as I could from there and then I started becoming really good at it.”
Store franchisee Tim Bunyun said he was pleased to have recognition for his staff.
“It’s exciting; Dan consistently exceeds expectations,” he said.
“He puts his personality into his coffees.”
The team won $1000 cash and free milk for their store.