Coffee Woman of the Year!
William Angliss Institute Coffee Academy specialist teacher Melissa ‘Mel’ Caia was the first recipient of the Australian Specialty Coffee Association’s (ASCA) Eleonora Genovese Coffee Women Awards.
In conjunction with the Genovese family, ASCA introduced the Eleonora Genovese Coffee Woman of the Year to honour the legacy of Eleonora and recognise the women following in her footsteps.
Mel received the Coffee Woman of the Year for her contributions to coffee over more than 20 years working in hospitality and was nominated by Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ Craig Dickson.
Her current role includes coordinating specialist coffee training at William Angliss Institute, managing state and national clients’ training programs, and nurturing skill development to improve employability for students from disadvantaged communities.
Mel said she has met some some incredible and inspirational colleagues who have helped her on her coffee journey – including Eleonora. “I have a strong commitment to the growth of women being involved and recognised in the coffee industry. My aim is to encourage women to get involved and be at the forefront of the work they do. I believe women have a strong role in this industry and of course, it’s proven that often women have heightened sensory perception and the best palates! “ Mel said.
Mel is an ASCA judges’ calibration and accreditation lead instructor, having judged both state and national barista competitions for a number of years. In 2015 Mel also sat on the advisory board for the Royal Agriculture Society of Victoria Australian International Coffee Awards and remains a current member.
Certified as a World Barista Championship sensory judge from 2013-2015, she has recently re-certified for 2016-2018. In her ninth year of barista and coffee judging, Mel said she still loves the sensory component to coffee judging and is constantly amazed at how unique the product is and how the industry has progressed and evolved.
“My key priorities are ensuring I pass on these experiences and information to new and future judges through mentoring and coaching,” Mel said.
For more information about The Coffee Academy courses on offer visit William Angliss Short Courses.
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