Dozens of coffee-makers from around the world will compete at the World Barista Championship in Melbourne later this month.
Baristas warm up for coffee Olympics
For seven years, Anthony Douglas has been in training for the opportunity to represent his country.
Later this month, all that practice will culminate in 15 minutes of head-to-head competition. But it won’t be a typical sporting challenge – instead, Douglas will be vying with other baristas at the unofficial coffee Olympics.
The World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup, which this year take place in Melbourne, are the most prestigious competitions in the world of coffee, with just one or two entrants taking part per country.
Baristas dedicate countless hours to practice and bring support crews to look after their specialist equipment, while spectators fly in from across the world to watch the competition from a grandstand.