Global Coffee Solutions (GCS) barista Marius Beullens flew the GCS flag at the recent Danes Grand Barista Championships with a phenomenal finals appearance.Beullens, competing in his first barista competition, showed elegance, poise and a cool hand in his presentation of four espresso based, four milk espresso based and four black non espresso coffees.A veteran of twelve years in the espresso industry, Beullens joined GCS from Bluestone Cafe in Sydney CBD. A high volume account in the middle of a demanding coffee market, Beullens is no stranger to living in the high tempo coffee industry. Despite his vast espresso experience, Beullens was nervy about the task at hand in his first barista competition: "Twelve years working in Sydney CBD put me in good stead for the pressures of the competition,'' commented Beullens. ''I was a little nervous on the day of the heats, though once I got through that, I was comfortable.''Beullens used the GCS signature Volere blend for his espresso and milk espresso based coffee, a blend of AA Grade South American grown, High Altitude Rainforest Alliance Arabica beans. Volere won a silver medal at the 2010 Sydney Royal Coffee Competition – one of Australia's premier coffee competitions held in the highest regard by café owners and connoisseurs alike.Close attention was paid to the non espresso based coffee where Beullens used a single origin Mexican bean with a Chemex. The Chemex brews coffee using the infusion method, which makes it very similar to drip coffee in terms of body and taste. The result is a slower brew and a richer cup of coffee."Chemex is an extremely clean and pure form of coffee brewing - it has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity even though it is strictly speaking an old style of brewing," added Beullens. "The Mexican single origin is ideal for a Chemex style of brewing which needs a strong flavour characteristic to compensate the relative lack of body. "It has a wonderful citrus flavour that carries across in the strong acidity."The first hand competition experience has offered Beullens first-hand experience of the demands of a Barista competition, and this exposure will certainly stand him in a strong position for future success."This entire experience was eye opening and will leave us with plenty to improve on looking to future competitions where I look forward to representing GCS and our signature Volere blend."Award Winning Coffee!In the prestigious 2012 Sydney Royal Fine Food competition there were some excellent results. Both LaZumba Superior and Volere Espresso were awarded Silver Medals in the Espresso class. LaZumba Latino received a Bronze medal in the same category.Keeping in mind that Sydney Royal issue medals based on a point value and this year there were no Gold medals given so a wonderful result to receive two Silver Medals and a BronzeAlso in the very competitive 2011/2012 Golden Bean held in Caloundra we were awarded a Bronze medal for our LaZumba Superior blend in Milk Based and Bronze for LaZumba Oro in Filter Coffee1300 552 88393 Jardine StFairy Meadow NSW firstname.lastname@example.org Eleven $1 Coffee on the Go!Global Coffee Solutions (GCS) has joined forces with major convenience and petroleum retailer 7 Eleven with the introduction of Cafina Alpha coffee equipment, as the retail company further lays their claim as destination of choice for On The Go (OTG) food and coffee.Following years of expensive trials and disappointing results, 7 Eleven management created a project team to achieve a new benchmark in coffee solutions for the convenience and petroleum industries.After much research and trialling of coffee solutions, 7 Eleven has selected the Cafina Alpha super automatic coffee machine as their equipment of choice for their food concept stores and self service offer.The Cafina Coffee equipment is Australia's premier super automatic coffee machine and is the equipment of choice for Australia's leading food service operators - McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, KFC, IKEA, Costco, Star City, Sydney Convention centre and many licensed and corporate venues.7 Eleven has launched new concept food stores and Sydney CBD self service trials, both of which have been an instant success with franchisees and customers alike. The retailer has continued this offer to their new Mobil conversions and selected 7 Eleven sites, further demonstration of the consistency of the Cafina Coffee equipment range.The 7 Eleven program raises the benchmark for the convenience and petroleum industry and has recently been recognised internationally, placing second for the International Convenience Retailer of the year, making 7 Eleven the destination of choice for On the Go (OTG) food and coffee.