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Vicky wins inaugural Brisbane Airport Barista competition

We are thrilled to announce that Barista Vicky Juan from our Hudsons Coffee Brisbane Airport International store won the inaugural Brisbane Airport Barista Competition held on site at the airport on 20th November 2015.

Vicky was nominated by the Hudsons Coffee team to compete against 17 other baristas from other retailers within both the international and domestic terminals at Brisbane Airport.

Vicky progressed through the first round to go on to compete against the five other top scorers in the final. Competitors were each given a coffee order from the judges to test their technical skills and speed. Following this, all competitors presented a designer beverage showcasing their latte art skills and creativity.

The judging panel consisted of one technical and two sensory judges, including the co-founder of Wolff Coffee Roasters, Penny Wolff. Vicky demonstrated her well-honed barista skills and passion to win herself a $2,500 flight and cash passport prize from the Airport.
Vicky has been with Hudsons Coffee for 14 months and in that time has developed her barista skills.  

To be now recognised as `Brisbane Airport’s best Barista for 2015’ is a fantastic accolade.

A big congratulations go to Vicky and the team at Hudsons Coffee Brisbane International Airport.



Hudsons Coffee Training Program

The pathway to becoming a qualified Hudsons Coffee barista.

Hudsons Coffee prides itself on the extensive and ongoing training offered to all our staff in developing their skills via the Hudsons Coffee training program.  In order to become a Shift Supervisor, Store Manager and/or Franchisee additional management training must be completed.

The pathway to becoming a qualified Hudsons Coffee Barista starts with New Crew level moving through to Crew, Barista Crew and finally Barista.  At all stages of development our staff are supported by our Learning and Development Team in completing workshops, online training and instore assessments.

Once you have completed all levels of Barista training you have the opportunity to earn the Barista Patch, a recognition of your training completion.  This badge is achieved by completing online modules, workshops, one-on-one coaching, practice hours and a final evaluation. Our staff who have completed this qualification can be identified instore by the Barista Patch proudly worn on their work shirt sleeve.


Our People

At Hudsons Coffee we pride ourselves on exceptional quality coffee, beverages and food.  Meet one of the people that make this happen:

Our Executive Head Chef, Peter Reffell, develops a selection of offerings perfect for snacks, breakfast and/or lunch.

With 24 years under his white jacket, Peter’s career has seen him working with the best restaurateurs in London; from Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire (3 Star Michelin) to 10 years with Marco Pierre White as his Executive Head Chef for the group. Peter was responsible for opening 8 of the groups restaurants of which four were awarded Michelin stars.

Peter uses his experience and the consistent mentality of offering fresh produce, unique flavours and handmade products for our network of stores.  Peter is obsessive about seasonal food with variety. Freshness and quality are his main ingredients, and in his words “food needn’t be ‘over worked’ to be special and taste great.