I'm buggered so I can't imagine how the competitors feel! I reckon even after the first day everyone is tired - officials from officiating and competitors from sheer nerves.
To anyone competing tomorrow who is nervous, can I just say that ALL of the twelve who competed today were shaking before they started, but once they got into their groove they looked like the professionals they are and went about the tasks (mostly) as planned.
I spent the day on my feet with a stopwatch in my hand. I'm wearing more comfortable shoes tomorrow, even with my daggy shorts because sandals just can't do it for a whole day.
It was great to see lots of support there for the baristas, and a huge crew from Epic who all turned up in Epic T-Shirts, a last minute idea to boost support for their team members competing.
There was a wide range of people from across the coffee industry represented - and a range of roasters and cafes and there seemed to be a lot of variety in the coffee selected for the event.
There were several baristas from franchises and it was good to see them there and competing. I imagine it would have been interesting for them to see the speciality coffee world up close.
A Tasting plate of the Pics from the day - naturally there will be more to follow!