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Barista Engage – Thursday 17th June 2021, 10am-3pm – Coffee Commune Brisbane

Tickets Available here

Barista Engage is a one-day workshop at Coffee Commune in Brisbane, which will focus on the positive career paths for baristas who want to advance into a full-time job role. We have asked some industry professionals to share their success stories with attendees of the workshop. Barista Engage is an industry first, with the generous support of major sponsor The Alternative Dairy Co, who jumped at the chance to do a positive impact workshop that hopefully will shine a different light onto the barista career path and take away the last years’ negative industry downturn due to the Covid pandemic.


We are super excited to announce additional industry speakers Sam Taylor and Paul Asquith who will join Justin Metcalf, David Makin, Phillip Di Bella and Craig Lawson discussing the career paths for aspiring baristas.

Introducing Paul Asquith

Paul Asquith

With 20 years already spent committed to coffee, Paul’s passion is for digesting the endless possibilities and knowledge surrounding coffee flavour development. After winning the Australasian Grand Barista Championship in 2012 and placing in various ASCA regional barista championships, judging at a national level and category head judge in the Australian International Coffee Awards and at Golden Bean, Paul knows just how good coffee can be and the important role everyone plays, from grower to Barista, in developing and nurturing flavour. Captivated by coffee’s agronomy, Paul is excited to be part of a generation passionate about improving practices on farms and seeing growers produce outstanding coffee and taking that into the consumers hands. With stints at Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Grinders Coffee, Ona Coffee, Seven Miles Coffee and now as the Relationship Manager at Josie Coffee, Paul is committed to coffee for life and improving the perception of coffee for years to come. 

Paul’s key career stand outs

  • 2011 ASCA NSW 3rd Place
  • 2012 ASCA NSW 2nd Place
  • 2012 Australasian Grand Barista Championship
  • 2016 ASCA Semi-Finalist
  • ASCA Certified Judge 2010 ongoing
  • AICA Judge 2014 ongoing
  • Golden Bean Judge 2012, 2018
  • Gloria Jean’s Coffees Barista 2001-2006
  • Gloria Jean’s Coffees Group Barista Trainer 2007-2010
  • Grinders National Barista Trainer 2010-2012
  • Ona Coffee Sales and Training 2012-2015
  • Seven Miles Coffee, Coffee Specialist, Head Trainer and Brand Ambassador 2015-2020
  • Josie Coffee Relationship Manager 2020 ongoing

Introducing Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor spent the 2000s and early 2010s running cafes and pursuing the craft of a barista. A National level competitor and now ASCA Latte Art Judge, Sam has spent the past 5 years sharing specialty coffee with Australia in his role as head of coffee for Australian franchise group Soul Origin.


A free day for baristas and chance to win mentor program.

The day is free of charge to the first 40 baristas who apply, and lunch and coffee will be complimentary for delegates. The Alternative Dairy Co will supply a goodie bag with lots of fun merch. On the day we will choose four baristas to be part of a six month program where entrants can complete six months with their chosen industry mentors.

Tickets will sell fast but if you miss out or can’t get to Brisbane the event will be live streamed with full participation for all online registrations.

For more details and booking information email sean@cafeculture.com

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