The Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA) is the first international coffee roasting awards for the Asia Pacific region. The awards program was first offered in 2013.
Conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the AICA presents a valuable opportunity for all coffee roasters, large and small, to benchmark their coffee and establish their credentials in the Australian and international coffee industry.
In 2015, the AICA attracted 688 entries from 142 local and international coffee roasters, with entries received from New Zealand, Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea and Singapore. A diverse judging panel of 25 coffee experts, local and international, including Day Ng from Hong Kong and Jen Green from Cambodia, assessed entries over four days under the direction of Head Judge Peter Wolff, at Melbourne Showgrounds. The AICA awarded five champion trophies to recognise and celebrate excellence in several key categories
In 2014 it attracted 800 entries from 165 exhibitors in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Thirty three judges were on the judging panel, including Chester Tam, international coffee judge and barista from Hong Kong.
In its first year in 2013 it attracted 603 entries from 132 roasters from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Mexico. It was judged by a panel of 28 experts, including highly acclaimed international barista and consultant Emma Markland-Webster with 174 medals awarded, four of those gold.
The RASV is committed to ensuring its competitions are industry-relevant and continue to evolve. It actively engages with industry bodies both in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America, draws judges from both Australia and overseas and is a lead up event for the Melbourne International Coffee Expo.
The RASV previously ran the coffee competition as part of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, Australia’s premier fine food awards.
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