Golden Bean has officially been running for 14 years now in Australia and 4 years in North America. During this time Reg Barber has been a sponsor of the tampers/trophies since 2015. The three-day Judging/conference where coffees were prepared and served to attendees of the conference, then scored based on sweetness, acidity, body, and overall balance. Head judges then come around to ensure fair scoring and provide their own assessment. During breaks between tastings, attendees were able to watch informative seminars given by industry experts including CEO of Barista Technology, Brett Bolwell, who gave a talk on workflow improvements for profitability; green bean importer Carlos Arcila of Cofinet, who talked about alternative fermentation processes from Colombia and the impact of low prices at origin; UTZ and Rainforest Alliance Market Development Manager for Australia/New Zealand Melanie Mokken, who gave a talk about sustainability and the value of sustainable certification; and coffee entrepreneur Phil Di Bella, who spoke on the art of communication between origin and roaster. To finish up the conference on Saturday, the day started with our Green Bean Zone, where some of the industry’s top suppliers showcased their wares to the legions of roasters. Later that evening, we threw one of our legendary themed awards parties (Medieval, so there were knights and ladies aplenty!) and announced the winners of each of the 10 categories as well as overall conference champions. The Overall Small Franchise/Chain Champion title went to ONA Coffee Roasters, the Overall Large Franchise/Chain Champion trophy was awarded to Nine Bars, and Victoria-based Coffee Snobs took home the award for Overall Golden Bean Champion. We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone who won an award, and in particular to our overall winners! Thank you to Cafe Culture International for supplying this article and Congratulations to Andy Freeman from Coffee Snobs. Regards Reg Barber Reg Barber Enterprises