Melbourne-based Barista Anthony Douglas from Axil Coffee Roasters has received the title of National Barista Champion at the ASCA National Coffee Championships.

Douglas will now go on to represent Australia in the World Barista Championship, which is set to run from 27-30 September in Melbourne for the first time.

“This award is a testament to the support and encouragement I’ve received during my nine years at Axil,” says Douglas who has 12 years of experience in the industry.

“Our boss Dave Makin is a two-time Australian champion, and he has been my biggest mentor. I m really proud to be representing Australia and Axil Coffee Roasters at the World Barista Championship.”

The barista spent months perfecting his routine for the competition which was judged based on taste, technical skill and presentation.

Overall the routine consisted of three courses including an espresso, a milk-based coffee and a coffee-based signature drink made from pomegranate, feijoa syrup, juniper reduction, barhee dates and honey.

Douglas has been commended for his boundary-pushing creation as well as his innovation and technique.

The World Barista Championship will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this year.