The north Coast Junior Barista Championship

Our Story

In August 2022, NCCC was a successful Grant applicant of the
Department of Communities and Justice, NGO Flood Support
Program. This grant has allowed NCCC to cover course fees for
young people aged 15-18 and integrate a Regional Barista Championship for the students. The Barista Championship aims to support community led social recovery and economic development, informed by the needs of our community and local industry. This event is a first for the region and
brings community together in a fun, inclusive event for students,
family, and friends with the local coffee, producers, suppliers and
hospitality industry.

Event Details

Join us for the first North Coast Junior Barista Championship.

We would like to acknowledge the Arakwal people of Bundjalung Nation who are the Traditional Custodians of this land which we live, work, and stand on.

We acknowledge their continuing living culture, connection to land, waters and community. We acknowledge and pay our respect to Elders both past and present and emerging.  

event date

22nd June 2023

Event Time

10am – 3pm 


Byron Youth Service
1 Gilmore Crescent
Byron Bay


We had 10 schools take part in the Accredited Barista Training. The following schools have entered up to two teams in the Junior Barista Championship.

The Teams are made up from:

Kadina High School

The Living School

Pacific Valley Christian School

St Mary’s Catholic College Casino 

St John’s College Woodlawn

Schools who completed training but were unable to make the event:

Woodenbong Central School

Kyogle High School

Kyogle Youth Action 

Lismore High School

Maclean High School

Zentvelds Beans

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Event Judges

Leyland Minter – South Pacific Biotech 

Drew McGovin – The Sub Tropic Coffee Association 

Monique Hartley – North Coast Community College

Andrew Woodburn – Hospitality Trainer & Assessor

Judges Bio

Drew McGovin – The Sub Tropic Coffee Association

Drew is the Secretary of the Australian Grown Coffee Association.  As an enthusiastic espresso drinker for decades, he became a devotee of Australian coffee grown in the Northern Rivers region.  As a roaster, he is always striving to unlock the delicate flavour notes hidden inside each bean. He delights in a perfect pour and looks forward to seeing what the students will be presenting on the day.  Drew is also a graphic designer and a keen sailor.

Leyland Winter – Chief Scientist at South Pacific Bio Tech Products

Leyland has qualifications in agricultural economics, tropical agriculture, applied biology, and business administration from Australian, Cambridge, and Stanford universities. He has planted and ran his own coffee and macadamia plantations in New South Wales and contributed to the commercial development of a wide range of synthetic and organic herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and organic fertilizers.  Leyland also established an indigenously owned coffee and tea plantations in New Guinea.

Andrew Woodburn (Woody) – Hospitality Trainer & Assessor 

Woody has been in the Hospitality industry for over 36 years with 25 years in Hotel Management around Australia and England. Woody has been a part-time Trainer & Assessor for 12 years with a specialises in Hospitality, Tourism, Security and Events. He is excited to be involved in the first North Coast Junior Barista Championship.

Monique Hartley – Partnerships/Traineeships & Employers (NCCC)

Monique’s first job after finishing high school is working as a barista in the McDonalds McCafe, where her love for making coffee, and latte art sparked.  She enjoyed the fast-paced work environment and the thrill of satisfying customers with the perfect brew.  Following that experience, Monique worked in various roles in the hospitality industry in various pubs and restaurants. The love she has for working with people evolved to working in the aged care sector – where she stayed for the next 12 years.  Monique’s had the pleasure of watching some learners at NCCC undergo their barista training, and she’s really looking forward to seeing the students put their new skills into action!


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