Rocks Aroma Festival Aroma Cup winners announced

28 August, 2015 by
Aoife Boothroyd

The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) has announced this year’s Rocks Aroma Festival Aroma Cup winners.

The Rocks Aroma Festival has wrapped up following another successful year and to cap off the event, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) has announced this year’s Rocks Aroma Festival Aroma Cup winners.

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The Industry Choice award went to Richard Randall of Fine Food Store while the People’s Choice award went to George Macris of Playfair Caf for the third year running.

“People love their coffee here in The Rocks – congratulations to Fine Food Store and Playfair for winning the hearts of baristas and Sydneysiders alike,” said SHFA’s CEO, Catherine Gallagher.

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“Now in its third year, the Aroma Cup honours The Rocks’ incredible cafe culture. It’s wonderful that we can celebrate businesses in the precinct and their superb offerings for coffee lovers,” said Gallagher.

The Industry’s Choice award was determined by 20 of Sydney’s ASCA-accredited baristas. The anonymous industry specialists scrutinised each cup from the 12 entrants with a judging criteria comprising aesthetics including colour, stretch, pattern and contrast as well as flavour.

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"We love working within this historic precinct, so the opportunity to showcase our offering at what’s become a much loved Sydney event is a great honour,” says Industry Choice winner Richard Randall of Fine Food Store.

“To take out the Industry Choice award is truly humbling. We thank our neighbours and local villagers for their patronage as we mark our 11th year on Kendall Lane. We also thank the SHFA team for their support and making each Aroma Festival more engaging and exciting year on year." 

Late last month, Axl Chan from The Bunker Caf, Sydney has took out the top stop at Breville’s Latte Art Smackdown competition held at festival. As well as the glory, Chan took home a $3000 in a cash pool prize.

The Aroma Cup ran throughout July as part of The Rocks Aroma Festival. The festival attracted over 100,000 people to the precinct.