Coffee roaster claims top award

Coffee roaster claims top award

Well known Limestone Coast business Mahalia Coffee has taken out one of the top awards at the 2024 Royal Adelaide Coffee Show.

The Robe-based business was awarded the coveted Champion Espresso Trophy for their Sumatra Blue Bianca Specialty Coffee.

Judge Adam Hills said the strength of this year’s entrants was an excellent representation of the quality of Australian coffee roasters.

“Some truly exceptional coffees came across our table and gave us all a chance to reflect on the standard our industry holds itself to,” he said.

“After the success of the inaugural Royal Adelaide Coffee Awards last year and the high standard of coffees exhibited, I anticipated this year’s incarnation was going to be of an even higher standard again, and I was not disappointed.

“The popularity of events like the Royal Adelaide Coffee Show and the quality of the coffee exhibited gave us all a sense of pride in knowing the industry we all love and care for is in safe hands.”

The Royal Adelaide Coffee Show is open to coffee roasters of Australia working with both domestic or imported green beans and includes classes for Espresso, Piccolo, Latte and Plunger Coffee. Medals are awarded in 4 individual classes, and trophies are presented for Champion Espresso, Latte, Plunger Coffee, Piccolo and Organic Coffee.

Exhibits are judged in a blind tasting from both a technical and consumer appreciation perspective, taking into consideration the appearance, aroma, taste, and body.

A gold medal was awarded to exhibits that score 95 points and over, a silver medal to exhibits that score 90 to 94.9 points and a bronze medal to exhibits that score 85 to 89.9 points.

Trophies were awarded to the exhibit with the highest points.

Now in its second year, The Royal Adelaide Coffee Show is operated by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

The Society runs some of the most prestigious food and beverage awards in Australia, including the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards, the Royal Australian Spirit Awards and South Australian Dairy Awards.

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