Nuriootpa businesses, Bean Addiction and Barista Sista both recently won awards at the Golden Bean Australia and New Zealand 2019 Competition.
There were over 1,500 entrants across 11 categories, with Bean Addiction and Barista Sista taking out bronze in the ‘Milk Based Latte’ category.
Coffee companies were able to submit their entries over the past month, and the coffees were judged through a blind tasting format.
Mr Nigel Wheeler, Barista Sista proprietor, described the win as ‘quite overwhelming’.
The business entered three years ago and received good marks, but this was their first official recognition.
“It is nice to be appreciated and know that what you’re doing is being recognised by your peers,” said Nigel.
“We were competing against some huge roasters in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney… to be here as a smaller roaster is quite exciting.”
For Mr Jordon Pridham, Bean Addiction’s roaster, the win was ‘instant gratification’.
The business won bronze last year, with Jordon thrilled they managed to back it up with a win at the 2019 competition.
“The award showcases that you’re doing the right thing and it’s great to be recognised,” said Jordon.
“Most importantly it really showcases your business as a whole. Your name is across the country. It’s rewarding for our locals too, knowing they are having great coffee.”