Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards
The medal winners of the 2012 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards have been announced.
Coffee roasting medal winners
Left to right - Richard Emery, owner of The Bean Barn with hobby roaster, Aaron McGifford and Barry Gehan
Over 8 categories of coffee, The Bean Barn was awarded the ONLY Gold medal. In total the Ballarat specialty coffee roastery received 5 medals – one Gold, one Silver and three Bronze.
Each of the three coffee roasters representing The Bean Barn won medals in the Espresso – Single Origin category:
- Owner and coffee roaster Richard Emery received a gold medal for Burundi Gihere Lot 1 and a Bronze Medal for Tiger Mountain Estate (an Indian Single Origin coffee).
- Aaron McGifford, a friend and hobby roaster, won a Silver Medal for Yirgacheffe, an Ethiopian coffee, and a Bronze Medal for a Costa Rica DOTA Honey Processed Microlot coffee.
- Barry Gehan, barista and part-time roaster at The Bean Barn won a Bronze Medal for Kenya AA coffee.