Coffee trade show and Australia’s first international coffee roasting competition announced for Melbourne

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 12th March 2013

Melbourne’s reputation as the coffee capital of Australia has been cemented by the launch of Australia’s first international coffee roasting competition.

Entries for the inaugural Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA) will open on Tuesday 2 April 2013, in the lead up to the 2013 International Coffee Expo (MICE) and World Barista Championships, and judging will be conducted from Tuesday 7 May 2013 to Thursday 9 May 2013 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has created the event, open to both local and international coffee roasters, after the success of its Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards’ coffee competition. The event will be held as part of MICE 2013.

“The RASV is pleased to invite local and international entries into the new AICA, building on the success of the coffee category of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. Melbourne is renowned for its world class coffee,” said Mark O’Sullivan, RASV CEO.

“The AICA will award excellence in roasted coffee blends from around the world and provide trophy and medal winners with unique marketing opportunities,” said O’Sullivan.

Entries to the Australian International Coffee Awards close Wednesday 24 April 2013, and winners will be announced on Thursday 23 May 2013.

MICE 2013 will run from Thursday 23 May 2013 to Sunday 26 May 2013 at Melbourne Showgrounds. It is Australia’s largest dedicated coffee trade show.