For the judging of the AICA, each class is assigned to a judging panel where entries will be blind tasted. Entries will be allocated a tasting order number, separate from their exhibit number to ensure the integrity of the judging process.

Head Judge

Melissa Caia, brings more than 15 years industry experience and is the specialist barista trainer at the Coffee Academy at William Angliss Institute. Currently involved in national and state barista championships and various coffee events, Melissa enjoys sharing her skills, knowledge and experience mentoring future judges and coffee professionals each day. She will oversee several panels of judges to ensure the quality and integrity of judging is maintained.

Head Barista

Shana Hammond will be taking the reins as AICA Head Barista for the first time in 2020. She is comes to us with over six years of coffee industry experience and is currently the manager at b3 Coffee roastery in Adelaide. Shana is passionate educating the coffee scene around sensory evaluation and the sustainability of the industry. No stranger to coffee competitions, Shana will be overseeing a team of baristas in the making of over 1700 cups of coffee in three days at the 2020 Australian International Coffee Awards.


Adam Hills, Darks Coffee Roaster
Alan Zuo, Coffee Tech 
Alex Petroulias, Kmcr
Alison Butterworth, The Stagg
Andres Rodriguez, CROP DEL MONTE Specialty Coffee
David Boudrie, FTA Coffee
Dimitri Pilouras, The Artisan Coffee Roaster 
Dragan Sestic, Dramanti Artisan Roaster
Eddy Pan, ST. ALi Coffee Roaster
Elisha Mauger, Senator Coffee
Ernest Tong, Coffex Coffee Roasters
Fabio Mazzone, Genovese
Gabe Tan, Blasta Coffee
Georgia Major, H.A Bennett & Sons
Giuseppe Cianchi, Grinders Coffee Roasters
Heesun Christina Lee, Atomic Coffee Roasters
Hugh McDonnell 
Jeremy Boxall, Cirrus Fine Coffee
Jeremy Regan, Foodco Group
Jessica Macdonald, Luinare Consulting
Jessica Read, Suntory Coffee Australia
Jordy Rimell, Jasper Coffee
Levent Doganay, The Coffee Brewmasters
Matt Dessaix, Richard Narrabeen
Michaela Gerard, Venazio Coffee Roasters
Mick Drzazgowski, Coffee 1862
Nancy Chen, Coffee Art School
Nic Michaelides, FTA Coffee
Nicole Maroush, Julius Meinl
Oliver James, Oliver James Coffee
Paul Asquith, Seven Miles Coffee Roasters
Penny Wolff, Wolff Coffee Roasters
Peter Giannakis, HG Coffee School
Peter Wolff, Wolff Coffee Roasters
Sharon Jan, Seven Miles Coffee Roasters
Tess Presso
Tim Bonaguro, Lavazza
Tim Manning, Red Brick
Tony Macri, Coffee Brothers
Tony Rinaudo, Seven Miles Coffee Roasters
Veronica Ponce, Veronica Ponce Orozco
Yvette Schroeder, Condesa Co.Lab
Zeta Grealy. ZETA'S Coffee

Associate Judges

Alex van der Wolde, Suntory Coffee
Daniel Clifford, Suntory Coffee
Lee Seelig, 23 Cafe Restaurant