The first person I met last year at the WBC brew bar in Colombia was Aymon McQuade.
It was the most interesting and inspiring talk we had there. Well, basically it was him doing the talking, introducing the coffee he brought along.
He just got back from El Salvador where he sourced his own greens. Then he managed to find a roaster to do some test roasts with it. And from this roast he offered me a bag to test and maybe blog about it.
I felt ashamed for quiet a while that I didn't do this, but the truth is I didn't really like the coffee.
When I now hear about his fabulous results at the NZBC with some of these beans I'm wondering how much different the roasts of these beans have been. Back at home, on top class equipment, and with some extra Colombians mixed in I'm sure it's a whole different story.
Who knows he can still bring some with him to Vienna where we surely meet up again.
Aymon impressed me with his story in Bogota and I'm happy he did the same last weekend in Wellington.
So, big congrats Aymon, good luck with the upcoming training and really looking forward meeting up in Austria next June.
This text is written by 5 senses reporter Brydon :
NZBC 2012 Champion Aymon McQuade presented a winning performance built around coffees he had found himself in El Salvador and Colombia on an origin trip taken around last year’s WBC. His staged signature drink utilised a mechanical pump contraption which filtered shortbread into an extract which was later mixed into the final drink.
A big thank you and congratulations to all who were involved in this year’s New Zealand Barista Championships — brave competitors, fellow judges, volunteer organisers and supporters alike. It was a great event. Bring on Vienna, 2012!
NZBC 2012 Top 6
1st Aymon McQuade, Bell Tea & Coffee, Wellington
2nd Chloe Zhou, Crafted Coffee Company, Christchurch
3rd Nick Clark, Flight Coffee, Wellington
4th Brendon Neilson, Espresso Workshop, Auckland
5th Hideyuki Kono, Crafted Coffee Company, Christchurch
6th Claris Jones White, Pomeroys Coffee, Nelson