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RFG baristas crowned two of the best coffee makers in Australia

Australian Franchise News – 17-02-10


In the competitive world of coffee, Retail Food Group (owner of the Donut King, Brumby’s, Michel’s Patisserie and bb’s cafe brands) has proven it’s a sip above the rest, with two of its best baristas crowned among the best coffee makers in Australia.
At the Australian Barista Championships, Central Coast local Mitchell Faulkner (RFG NSW Barista Trainer) was awarded first place in “Coffee in Good Spirits”, which required competitors to make two identical Irish Coffees using a whisky of their choice plus coffee and cream and two identical signature beverages which include any alcoholic drink and coffee of the barista’s choice.
Michel’s Patisserie Victorian Barista Trainer Simon James, based in Camberwell in Victoria, was crowned runner up to the Detpak Barista Champion of the year.       
The two winning baristas will travel to London in June to represent Australia.
Retail Food Group Manger Franchised Operations Deane Priest applauded the big win and said the baristas’ achievements were testament to their commitment, dedication and passion to their job.
“In the competitive world of coffee baristas that can make a captivating cappuccino or a luscious latte are valuable assets, so we are thrilled to have them on our team,” he said.
“We work hard to develop the skills and proficiencies of our Donut King, Michel’s Patisserie and bb’s cafe baristas – from making the best soy macchiato and double short black to the perfect skinny latte.
“I would like to congratulate Mitchell and Simon. We are very proud to acknowledge the commitment and dedication they have shown to their profession. We are thrilled they will be travelling to London later this year to represent not only RFG, but also Australia in the world barista championships.”
Mr Priest said the win demonstrated RFG’s commitment to deliver quality coffee to its customers.
“RFG prides itself on having the best of the best working on its coffee,” he said.
“In fact, RFG employs one of the world’s most distinguished Master Coffee Roasters, Instaurator. With 20 years of experience internationally, Instaurator is author of the internationally renowned book, The Espresso Quest, and is the President of the Australasian Speciality Coffee Association.  So, it’s no wonder Retail Food Group produces quality Barista trainers that are simply world class.”
Mr Priest said Simon and Mitchell worked on RFG’s coffee training program, ensuring RFG baristas across Australia new how to make “a great cup of coffee”.
Retail Food Groups invests heavily in the training of franchisees through these calaba of skilled Barristas, to ensure that every cup of coffee consumed by consumers is World Class!
“The Retail Food Group Coffee Training Program was designed to enable staff to develop a well rounded knowledge of coffee theory and practice, everything from coffee blends and extraction to pouring and service,” he said.
The Australian Barista Championship was held this last weekend from 29th-31st January on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
Retail Food Group is the owner of Michel’s Patisserie, Donut King, bb’s cafe, Brumby’s and DCM. It roasts its own proprietary blends, supplying over 1,050 franchisees with over 600 tonnes of coffee who, in turn, serve over 75 million cups of coffee a year to loyal customers. 
RFG operates more than 1,050 stores across Australia in metropolitan and regional areas. RFG is a leading Australian retail food brand manager and franchisor.

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