Baldivis baristas crowned nation’s best at the Jamaica Blue Barista Competition


Emily Bourke, Tim Bunyun and Dan Chidley.
Emily Bourke, Tim Bunyun and Dan Chidley.

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.

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