Sara Senius, a barista at the Gladstone Grand Hotel The Coffee Club.
Sara Senius, a barista at the Gladstone Grand Hotel The Coffee Club. Mike Richards GLA230616COFF

Brewed for the best, this barista knows her coffee

SHE’S from Canada, but only discovered her love for coffee when she moved to Australia 10 years ago. Now the Gladstone barista, Sara Senius, will be competing at the The Coffee Club’s 2016 National Barista Championship on Tuesday.

Gladstone barista, Sara Senius.
Gladstone barista, Sara Senius. Mike Richards GLA230616COFF

Living in Gladstone with her daughter, Sara’s barista skills will be put to test when she heads to Brisbane next week to connoisseur the best cup of coffee.

The mum said she will focus on her grinding and extracting technique; the two main elements of any good cuppa. “I need to focus on my grind,” she said.

“I will also have to ensure my extractions are within the right parameters; 25 to 30 seconds per 30ml of coffee.

“It’s not my first competition, and I have learnt that I actually get really bad nerves, so I need to stay on top of that.

“But I’m going to have a lot of fun.”

If Sara wins, she gets a trip to Melbourne and a tour of the roastery where the Coffee Club gets its coffee beans and a master class with a former Australian champion.

“Good coffee really depends on what you’re after,” she said.

“Canadian coffee is a lot like coffee you see in the movies, with the waitresses walking around with the refill jugs.

“Canada also does a lot of speciality coffee.”

And while she took sugar in her backpacking days, Sarah now drinks a double shot flat white every day thanks to a home brew espresso machine.

“But when actually making a coffee, the most important part is the espresso,” she said.

“Next is having a nicely textured milk, so it’s smooth.

“There’s definitely an artistic flare with being a barista, and like anything if you are paying attention and are focused on what you are doing it should turn out fine.”



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