Judges are selected for their industry knowledge and expertise. Each judging panel will consist of not less than two judges and an associate Judge (where appropriate).

Head Judge

Melissa Caia brings more than 15 years’ industry experience and is the specialist barista trainer at the Coffee Academy at William Angliss Institute. Currently involved in national and state barista championships and various coffee events, Melissa enjoys sharing her skills, knowledge and experience mentoring future judges and coffee professionals each day. In her capacity as Head Judge, Melissa will oversee judging to ensure the quality and integrity of the Awards is maintained.

Melissa Caia

Melissa Caia

Head Barista

Adam Metelmann has been Head Barista with the Awards for four years and is an all-round coffee guy. With over 18 years industry experience and three time ASCA Regional Barista Champion, Adam will oversee a team of trained barista’s ensuring all the exhibits are handled and stored to optimum conditions and will work in conjunction with Melissa Caia to ensure the smooth flow of the judging process.