I have lived and breathed hospitality for most of my life, including having my own café. My current day job is ‘Head of Channel Strategy’ for publicly listed, hospitality equipment funder – Silver Chef Ltd (ASX:SIV). Simply put, I am Silver Chef’s coffee guy and I am tasked with finding unique ways to provide capital and options to our coffee partners – café owners and coffee roasters, ensuring they have the best chance of success and importantly, options when it doesn’t go to plan.
I have been in hospitality for over 13 years, including having owned cafés in Melbourne. My passion for coffee and being involved in the community has driven me to learn and pass on my knowledge as much as possible. I have been an active member of the ASCA Board for several years, including as Barista Guild Head and now as Vice President. I am also a nationally accredited judge. More recently I have worked at FTA Coffee as a trader and QC, as well as working through the Q Grading course.
I started in the coffee industry working as a barista back in 2002. Since then I have worked for a number of roasters, and am now a Coffee Trader at FTA Coffee. I have also spent the best part of half a decade working in and with the milk industry for specialty coffee. Having formerly been the Southern Region Competition Manager, I joined the ASCA Board in 2017.
I am currently the company owner and Director of Scope Accounting, and have been the ASCA Treasurer since 2017. Before running my own business, I was Treasurer of the South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce and have years of experience under my belt when it comes to crunching numbers.
BARISTA GUILD HEAD
I’ve been involved in the hospitality industry for 22 years as a Barista and Barista Trainer, and am currently the State Manager QLD for Veneziano Coffee Roasters. I have a wealth of competition experience, and have both technical and sensory judging skills for the ASCA Australian Barista Championship. I am also currently a World Barista Championship accredited judge. In addition to my judging experience, I’m also a member of the Competitions Committee and have been heading up the ASCA Northern Region Championships for the past few years.
ROASTERS GUILD HEAD
I have been an ASCA accredited barista judge since 2008, judging in numerous states across Australia in those 10 years. Former Executive Committee member holding the post of Treasurer for 3 years from 2010 and being part of the committee that worked on getting ASCAs involvement with MICE off the ground. In more recent years, I have been organising the SA comps (now Western Region) including partnering up with the Double Shot Coffee Fiesta to lift the quality of ASCA events held in Adelaide from previous years.
Coffee is all I know. I started out as a Barista, in Carlton of course, in the 80’s learning the craft and being part of the Melbourne coffee scene (the original – and still the best coffee scene). I evolved into a café owner, running highly successful cafés, bars and restaurants. I then started coffee roasting and creating custom specialty blends, where I’ve been ever since. My ASCA involvement came in the early 2000’s, helping to run VIC comps and also calibrating as a judge. I was kindly awarded ASCA Life Member status in 2017 – and I ain’t going anywhere.
I’m the specialist barista trainer and coordinator at the Coffee Academy at William Angliss Institute, and also a certified WCE Sensory Judge for the World Barista Championships (2013-current). I started judging at ASCA competitions in 2008 and am one of ASCA judge’s calibration and accredited lead instructors, having judged both state and national barista competitions for a number of years. In 2016, I received the inaugural Australian Coffee Woman of the Year for my contributions to coffee over more than 20 years working in hospitality.