Australia’s Richest Barista Competitors announced

Australia’s Richest Barista competitors have been announced and now are preparing to compete at Melbourne International Coffee Expo.

On August 17-19, Melbourne International Coffee Expo will host inaugural Australia’s Richest Barista, which will see professional baristas compete to test their abilities and skills throughout three rounds.

Baristas will have the chance to win a share of AU$40,000 prize pool, the richest cash prize on offer for a barista competition final anywhere in the world. The winner will receive AU$25,000, the runner- up takes home AU$10,000, and the third place wins AU$5000.

“The competition is designed as a fast-paced, knock-out style event that tests each barista’s sensory and practical skills,” says Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) Show Director Lauren Winterbottom.

There are 32 competitors preparing for the competition. “We wish all our baristas the best of luck. This could be the start of something big – for their career and their hip pocket,” Lauren says.

The finalists are as follows:

Bronson Sheedy, Fish River Roasters | Carlos Mena, RGIT Australia | Ryan Clark, Di Pacci | Harry Lin, The Q on Harris | Corey Williams, Icon Coffee Roasters | Jae Kim, ST.Ali | Victor VU, Ona Coffee | Phuc Quynh Pham, Raven Mead Pty Ltd | Duy Tran Thanh Vo, Raven Mead Pty Ltd | Melanie Sugeng, Thieves Coffee | Devin Loong, Ona Coffee | James (Byung Kyu) Kim, Ned’s Bake | Kay Wong, Nono | Jayson Javier, Coffee Man NT Pty Ltd | Gabrel Tan, Veneziano Coffee Roasters | Ruby Zhu, Ruby Coffee | Aum Phithakphon, Udom House | Pirada Tungbenjaphol, JiBBi Coffee Roaster | Rawirat Techasitthanet, JiBBi Coffee Roaster | Dan Bottesini, Toby’s Estate | Johnny Lau | Juan Escobar, Parallel Roasters | Suyasha Shrestha, Irish Pub | DC Wen, Rush Roasting Co | Simon Gautherin, Zest Specialty Coffee | Lucky Salvador, Kafe Utu/Coffeeman Darwin | Mahamat Abdrahman, Wooden Coffee | Quoc Vuong , Australia Barista Training | Hany Ezzat, Ona Coffee | Kael Zhao, Little Chloe Roaster and Café | Vee Limbu, Salvage speciality coffee | Selina Park, Matinee

Winners will be announced on the last day of the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. For those who wish to watch the competition live, please visit to secure your ticket.

Australia’s Richest Barista is sponsored by Brita, Dalla Corte, The Alternative Dairy Co., Riverina Fresh, and Naked Syrups, Coffee Works Express, Mazzer, and Event Equipment Supplier, Casa Espresso.

For any media information and general queries do not hesitate to contact Show Director Lauren Winterbottom at or alternatively on 0403 276 712.