We were lucky enough to spend last weekend at the magnificent Leeuwin Estate Winery as part of the inaugural fine food and wine event - Gourmet Escape. I love the Margaret River region, with it’s awesome beaches and great wineries it’s one of my favourite places to spend time, so I jumped at the chance to be able to combine coffee along with all our other passions together at the Gourmet Escape.
The latte art competition would get us underway as each of the 5 competitors prepared to present two identical pieces of art in 3 different types of beverage (latte, macchiato, and a signature beverage). It was a close competition and only one thing was for certain: we would be crowning a new champion as Kaya McCarthy (the 2010 and 2011 winner of the event) would be focusing her energy on running the competition rather than competing. In the end it was Roy from Coast Coffee Cafe (Dimattina Coffee) who would hold his nerve and take out the title. An outstanding effort given that this was his first competition and he was only made aware of the event 2 weeks prior to competing! Roy came on board with Dimattina Coffee around 12 months ago and its fantastic to see him take his coffee making and latte art skills to the next level with the encouragement and support of the team. With that continued support we look forward to watching him compete for WA at the nationals next year.
Travelling across to Europe with the family, London would be our last stop. I was returning to my home of birth and one of the largest, most revered cities in the world. It would be a chance to catch up with friends and family and the first time my kids would get a chance to explore their heritage. It would also be a great chance for me to explore London’s growing coffee culture and I knew just where to start. Read more...
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