Driving along in unfamiliar teritory, in the dark, trying to find 145 Stirling Highway was not an easy task. And one that was complicated by occasional driving rain and trecherous road conditions. After driving past it twice with turns down blind side streets, I did finally arrive the desired destination. In one piece.
The barista jam, an initiative by Matt of Abstract Gourmet, Tom Werne (European Foods), Charles Stewart (Rocket Fuel), Jesper Bood (Ristretto Coffee) and Jen Murray (Five Senses) to raise funds for the upcoming WA Barista Competition later this year. It’s also an opportunity for people in the coffee industry and enthusiasts alike to get together, socialise, have a few drinks and share a laugh.
Matt, et al are hoping to stage a monthly jam at different venues around Perth. For this inaugural event, Justin Kenny and his crew at Elixir Coffee Specialists has very graciously opened his cafe to over 40 lively participants. What followed was an evening of much merriement filled with pizza, beer, wine and even some coffee sampling amidst lots of coffee (and other) talk.
What I took away from the event, being a non industry interloper, was that every person I spoke to was passionate, knowledgeable and damn committed to making great coffee. And the Perth coffee scene has come out in force to support a great cause. So, congratulations to Matt, Tom and all the event organisers for a fantastic night and a huge thank you to Justin for being a great host.
I’ll shut up now and let you look at the pretty pictures.