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LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!


 
 

GET READY TO RUMBLE! WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT GLORIA JEAN’S COFFEES WILL BE COMPETING IN THE UPCOMING DAVINCI GOURMET AUSTRALIAN COFFEE CHAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015! THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE COFFEE EXPERIENCE WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ROYAL HALL OF INDUSTRIES FROM 4TH – 5TH SEPTEMBER.


The Coffee Chain Championships will see the major coffee chains in Australia go head to head, competing in three challenging rounds, consisting of Latte Art, Menu Cards and the creation of a Seasonal Beverage using DaVinci syrups. Each team will consist of three baristas and one coach. The coach’s role is to train and mentor the baristas and will also join them on stage for support and assistance in each round. Our Head Barista Trainer, Melita, will be the coach for Gloria Jeans’s Coffees team and is currently working closely with the baristas following a detailed training plan in the lead up to the challenge. The first round will be held on Friday 4th September with the top 6 teams moving through to the final on Saturday 5th September. With an expected 5,000 people to attend the 2 day event, this is a fantastic opportunity for Gloria Jean’s Coffees to showcase our talented and passionate baristas. Now, let’s meet the 2015 Gloria Jean’s Coffees – Coffee Chain Championship team.

 

Hong Nhi Au

“THETERMINATOR”

 

 

 

Coffee House: Caringbah
Role in store: Franchise Partner
How long have you been working in your coffee house? 6 years
Favourite coffee: Small extra shot Cappuccino with 2 sugars
What does coffee do for you? Coffee makes me feel calmer and more relaxed
What’s your favourite thing about working at Gloria Jean’s Coffees? Personal connection with my guests and team members 

Why are you entering the Coffee Chain Challenge? I am entering the challenge in order to further improve my skills in presenting great coffees. I look forward to the training and experience to be able to give my valued guests personalised and well-presented coffees

What excites you most about being a part of the Gloria Jean’s Coffees - Coffee Chain Challenge team? To be given the opportunity to work together as a team to prove that the Gloria Jean’s Coffees brand can stand the test of time and cement its place as the best coffee chain in Australia

Chhay ‘V’ Keo

“KILLER KEO”

 

 

 

Coffee House: Wetherill Park Stockland
Role in store: Franchise Partner
How long have you been working in your coffee house? 5 years
Favourite coffee: Piccolo
What does coffee do for you? It’s my morning enlightenment

What’s your favourite thing about working at Gloria Jean’s Coffees? Our guests. In Wetherill Park, we have a very eclectic mix of people. It’s always nice to see new faces and to catch up with familiar ones, too. They make it worth the 5AM wake up calls... (well, almost)

Why are you entering the Coffee Chain Challenge? Initially, I wanted to have the opportunity to go through training at the Support Office. Since we’ve started and were given an overall scope of the competition, I’m much more excited at the opportunity of competing for the first time

What excites you most about being a part of the Gloria Jean’s Coffees - Coffee Chain Challenge team? It would have to be the prospect of competing in front of a large audience. Little else gets the heart pumping like a stadium of people cheering you on!

 

Dev Mall

“DAREDEVIL” 

 


Coffee House: Newington
Role in store: Store Manager
How long have you been working in your coffee house? 3 years
Favourite coffee: Piccolo
What does coffee do for you? Learning to make coffee was my first job. It has become my passion, it’s not just a cup of coffee to me, it gives me hope that I can do something meaningful with my life

What’s your favourite thing about working at Gloria Jean’s Coffees? Our guests. Gloria Jean’s Coffees has given me the motivation and skills to look after a business successfully. It has kick started my career in managing a business and made me competitive as a barista to achieve the best I can

Why are you entering the Coffee Chain Challenge? Entering the Coffee Chain Challenge is an opportunity to observe my competitors’ skills to see areas of opportunity where I can improve and learn new things from different people

What excites you most about being a part of the Gloria Jean’s Coffees - Coffee Chain Challenge team? I am excited to work with our team and especially learn from our coach Melita. This also allows me the opportunity to enhance my barista skills to always give my guests a fantastic experience!

 

Sam Zhang

“THE CONQUERER”

 

 


Coffee House: Engadine,Sutherland, and Rockdale
Role in store: Franchise Partner

How long have you been working in your coffee house? 4 years
Favourite coffee: Caffé Latte
What does coffee do for you? Coffee makes me happy
What’s your favourite thing about working at Gloria Jean’s Coffees? Gloria Jean’s Coffees has a great passion for coffee which I love

Why are you entering the Coffee Chain Challenge? To challenge myself and gain more coffee knowledge and experience which can be used for educating the team as well.

What excites you most about being a part of the Gloria Jean’s Coffees - Coffee Chain Challenge team? It is a true honour to represent the brand and to participate in a coffee competition which I have never done before

 

 

 

 

LET’S MEET OUR COACH - MELITA FERRARO

 

Coffee Order: Pour-over or small Long Black

What internal coffee competitions do Gloria Jean’s run? For the last five years we’ve been running biannual Barista and Latte Art competitions

Have there been any stand out champions during that time? All champions leave a lasting impression and the skill and calibre keeps on getting higher with each year

Can you give us an idea of what it’s like behind the scenes on the day of the finals? It’s energetic, exciting and fast paced! You can sense the exhilaration and the nerves of the competitors, watch the judges put their game faces on, and feel the anticipation from the audience

Can you let us in on any trainer secrets for becoming a latte art champ? Practice, practice, practice.

Sometimes the smallest adjustment to the way we pour can make the biggest difference

What’s the hardest thing to teach a barista?There’s a formula to follow when it comes to making really great coffee. But there’s no set way to help baristas manage their nerves under pressure – so that’s sometimes a challenge

Can you tell us one highlight from the internal competitions?

A highlight for me was coaching the 2012 winner, who I then got to see compete in our International Barista Championship held in India

Have you found your Gloria Jean’s Coffees Champs for 2015?

We haven’t run our comps for 2015 yet; however, we have found our champs for the DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Chain Championship

 

Finally, to some other important details:

Multi grain toast or sour dough? Sourdough

Coconut or Very Vanilla Latte? Very Vanilla Latte – my first favourite on the Gloria Jean’s Coffees menu!

Banana bread or choc brownie? Choc Brownie every time

Twitter or Instagram? Instagram

Melbourne or Sydney? Tough one… Sydney!

 

You can also read the interview on the Coffee Experience website

http://thecoffeeexperience.com.au/gloria-jeans-head-barista-gives-usthe-scoop/