Mr Black and Monin to rally Australia’s best bartenders and baristas


The ultimate showdown between your local barista and bartender is happening year with a competition to see who really makes the best coffee cocktails after dark.

Mr Black and MONIN are challenging you to create two coffee influenced cocktails that best represent the miracle that is coffee. We’re here to find the best Bartenders and Baristas in Australia to represent your side of the Hospitality Industry in the ultimate showdown between Bartenders and Baristas. Melbourne May 8th, Sydney May 27th, Brisbane June 26th.

Melbourne: 08th May 2017
Sydney: 27th May 2017
Brisbane: 26th June 2017
Perth: TBC


Deadline for entry: 01 May 2017
Competition: 08th May 2017

Bartenders – submit an image of your cocktail, the recipe, your name, postal address, phone number and the venue you’re representing via email to


Baristas – submit an image of your signature non-alcoholic coffee drink, the recipe, your name, postal address, phone number and the venue you’re representing via email to

Over 18 years old from submission + under 27 years old or under at 12th November, 2017

Currently be working in a bar or café in the state where competition is being hosted (for preliminary rounds)


What do you win?

There will be a winner from each category; cocktail and signature coffee drink.

The creator of the winning cocktail will feature in Bartender Magazine (photo and recipe) with your winning (or a) cocktail.

The creator of the winning signature coffee drink will be featured in BeanScene with your winning coffee drink.

The winner from each category will also represent their state at the finals later in the year in Sydney for a major prize.

The major prize for the winning coffee drink will be the opportunity to represent Australia at the MONIN Coffee Creativity Cup in Seoul- Korea, November 2017 (week of World Barista Championship).

To enter or for more details, please contact:


Established in 2012 in Australia, Mr Black was created by designer Tom Baker and Philip Moore, one of Australia’s highest awarded distillers. The two men were united by a love of bitter, black beverages and joined forces to make Mr Black.?Mr Black was awarded a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013 and with the award under their belt, the duo launched Mr Black to the Australian public in 2013.

Their goal has always been clear; create a drop that embodies Australia’s progressive culture and their unrelenting pursuit of steel ground, cold extracted, caffeinated perfection.

Tom Baker, co-founder of Australia’s quintessential coffee liqueur thinks it’s about time we spoke to the great people of Australia about coffee and cocktails and celebrated both in the one room.

“We are the booze company for coffee people so we’re sitting on both sides of the fence for this one. For us at Mr Black it’s about really great specialty coffee, good products and the top coffee and spirit purists from all over Australia. We’re always loved the bartenders and baristas comps so we’re really excited about getting more people involved here,” said Tom.

Mr Black was created by Tom Baker and Philip Moore who, quite simply, wanted to give Australians a new excuse – and a new way – to drink coffee. Mr Black is now considered one of the leading producers of coffee liqueur and is internationally recognised by coffee and spirit experts around the world.

Founded in 1912 in Bourges, France and family-owned for three generations, MONIN is the premier provider of quality flavouring solutions. With manufacturing facilities in three continents and distribution to more than 140 countries, MONIN is recognized as the global flavour leader. MONIN currently offers over 200 specialty syrup, sauce, and fruit smoothie and cocktail mixes designed to add superior flavour to specialty beverages, culinary applications and more. For more information on any MONIN product please contact your MONIN Sales Representative or Distributor or visit

If you want to increase the spectrum of flavours you are used to or enrich those you already have, simply consult the MONIN Australian importer; Stuart Alexander & Co Ltd Pty or contact customer service on free phone; 1800 225 417

“Bartenders v Baristas Comp. is an arm of our Global MONIN Coffee Creativity Cup which was created as a platform for young, up and coming bartenders & baristas to compete in an encouraging, creative and less intimidating environment. It helps provide an even playing field for those bartenders who want to break into competition bartending, without the need to go up against industry legends immediately and they get to let their creativity loose with one of the world’s most versatile products,” said Tomas Vikario, Stuart Alexander’s Beverage Innovation Manager.

“We are looking forward to unearthing some serious talent throughout the country via the Bartenders vs Baristas competition this year and taking someone truly inspirational to Seoul to represent us on the Asian stage,” he continued.

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