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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.