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‘Baby Baristas’ battle for title 

TAFE student Nicole Bishop. 
Port Macquarie High School student and
Golden Tampa winner, Nicole Bishop.

The pressure was on students from across the lower Mid North Coast last Friday, as they went head to head for the Golden Tamper in North Coast TAFE’s Barista Competition.

Representatives from Wauchope, Port Macquarie, Taree, Wingham, Gloucester and Forster called on skills learnt over the past year, as part of a TVET program offered at their school.

TVET Co-ordinator, Merryn Farrell and TAFE Barista teacher, Ken Oldfield organised the competition as a way to celebrate the Year 11 and 12 students completing their Statement of Attainment in Barista.

They will be able to use their new skills for income over the summer, while waiting for acceptance into University, for other work or continue along a professional hospitality career or study pathway.  

Doppio or Nothing owner and former TAFE teacher, Stewart Clark said, “From approximately 180 students, we secured 24 to compete for first place. As a judge, I was looking for speed, presentation, technique and cleanliness. All the students performed impressively, but unfortunately, there is only one trophy!”

Nicole Bishop (Port Macquarie High) took out first place with a score of 211 followed closely by Julia Grant (Great Lakes High) in second, Corrine Rathbone (Gloucester High) third and Jovana Strinic (Chatham High) in fourth place.

Nicole received a warm round of applause as she collected the Golden Tamper, a book on espresso, a tamper key ring and certificate.