Sydney coffee roaster Danes Specialty Coffee has been named Champion Australian Roaster for the second year running at the Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA). The awards, held by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), attract entries from all over the world, with over 805 entries from 151 local and international coffee roasters.
“For more than 20 years we’ve built strong relationships throughout our supply chain, from grower to barista, to ensure we can extract the best possible flavour from the beans,” said Paul Jackson, managing director and owner of Danes. “To be recognised two years in a row at one of the specialty coffee industry’s most highly regarded awards is a tremendous validation of the effort our whole team puts in.”
With its focus on coffee education, Danes continues to drive Australia’s specialty coffee industry forward, including training baristas at its headquarters in Brookvale on Sydney’s northern beaches.
“The standard of the Australian specialty coffee industry has improved dramatically in recent years, so this drives the Danes team to obsess over the smallest details to ensure our customers get the best coffee flavour possible each and every day.”
Danes prides itself on exceptional consistency across its product range, with high standards to ensure on the most character-filled beans make it to the consumer. Danes sources the best coffee cherries from across the globe, roasts them with care to bring out the best attributes for each origin, blends with precision and matches to the most suitable brewing method for each product.
As well as winning the Champion Australian Roaster title, Danes was also awarded:
- Gold for its Ascension blend in the espresso blend category
- Gold for its Kenya Gakundu in the pour over single origin category
- Silver for its Kenya Ndiaini in the cold brew coffee category
- Bronze for its Guatemala Finca Anonal in the espresso single origin category
- Bronze for its Kenya Gakundu in the espresso single origin category
- Bronze for its Kenya Ndiaini in the espresso single origin category
- Bronze for its Guatemala Finca Anonal in the pour over single origin category
- Bronze for its Kenya Ndiaini in the pour over single origin category
- Bronze for its Costa Rica Las Lajas in the pour over single origin category
The judging took place over three days in March at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Head Judge Melissa Caia commended the high standards of entries in all categories, with over 330 medals awarded.