Coffee skills workshops planned to lift the bar for Shire baristas

Coffee culture in Eurobodalla will get an extra shot this month with coffee cupping and latte art events, while fresh local produce is encouraged to be on the menu at cafés and restaurants across the shire.

Eurobodalla Council’s events coordinator Tegan Benfield said the latest campaign from the tourism team, Taste Eurobodalla, had "all the right ingredients to get foodies and caffeine fiends up close with the shire’s producers and providers".

“The new venture has even enticed River Cottage Australia host Paul West to front the camera and show-off some of Eurobodalla’s freshest bites,” she said.

To improve the delivery of coffee to locals and visitors alike new and experienced baristas have been invited to free coffee cupping and latte art workshops at Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay. “Much like wine tasting, cupping involves deeply inhaling the coffee aroma followed by some loud slurping to spread it right to the back of the tongue. Then you grade the coffee for mouthfeel, sweetness and acidity – it’s the perfect blend of learning and fun,” Ms Benfield said.

Following the latte art workshops, baristas will be invited to compete at Eurobodalla’s first Latte Art Championship, in Moruya on Thursday 12 November.

Above: Eurobodalla’s baristas can compete in the shire’s first Latte Art Championship when the month-long Taste Eurobodalla event premieres during November.

The final weeks of Taste Eurobodalla initiative are set to focus on local produce.

“We have local restaurants and cafes including a special menu item featuring produce from growers in our region, and patrons who order these special dishes also go in the running to win great prizes,” Ms Benfield said.

“We’ll be filming with chef Paul West to create a series of Taste Eurobodalla videos – it’s all about spreading the word about our shire’s potential as a foodie haven.”

To book into workshops or find out more contact Tegan Benfield on 0418 652 299 or eurobodalla food guide : South Coast Travel Guide

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