View Full Version : [Syd] JDMST, rodent needs your support!

22-03-08, 12:09 PM
So, as some of you may know I run a Gloria Jean's store in the city. Well, I used to run it but slowly moving on now...

Anyhoo a few months back I decided to get involved in the GJ's Australian Barista Championship (http://www.gloriajeanscoffees.com.au/baristadiamond/barista-championship.asp) just to see how far I could go. For some reason I kept getting through to the next round and now I'm soiling myself just a little cos I'm in the Australian grand final, going against 3 other baristi for the national title.

Some of you may have even spotted my column in mX (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonno/2351128024/sizes/l/) a few weeks back :cool:

The competition is happening next Wednesday and I need all the support I can get! So JDMST'ers, if you're working or hanging around the CBD next Wednesday morning and have some time to spare, please drop by Martin Pl and cheer for Team Jonno! :mrgreen:

Details are as follows:
Location: Somewhere in the middle of Martin Pl. There'll be GJ's stuff all over the place so you can't miss it.
Date: Wednesday 26th March (this coming Wednesday!)
Time: Competition kicks off at 9am but there's a few guys on before me - I get to do my thang at 11-11:30am

If you'd like a read of the rules to see what's involved in the competition, click here (http://www.gloriajeanscoffees.com.au/baristadiamond/barista-championship.asp) and scroll down to "Australian Final" (ignore the incorrect date on that page)

Thanks for the support guys! Hope to see some of youse there (come around and say hello afterwards as well!)


P.S. Let's keep this thread purely about the event itself please. Comments about GJ's or anything you may have heard/read about it lately will be ignored as I don't know much about any of that stuff.

22-03-08, 12:23 PM
I wish I can be there Jonno..... but it really depend where work ship me to on the day.....

But all the best


22-03-08, 12:29 PM
Thanks Kelv!
Yeah the date/time sucks, Wednesday wtf? I've heard rumours there may or may not be live crosses to the event on one of the morning shows on TV.

22-03-08, 01:26 PM
Woah! All the best, good luck!

Bang A Dang
22-03-08, 01:26 PM
hmmm i can pop round...

22-03-08, 02:23 PM
Dam i wont work in the CBD!!

Good luck Jonno YOU ARE THE MAN!

22-03-08, 02:31 PM
Sounds awesome... I wish I could come but I'm starting work that week in St. Leonards and start early. Why isn't it being held on a weekend?

Best of luck dude! Wish I could come meet you at least :)

Serial Killa
22-03-08, 02:54 PM
Good Luck Jonno!!!

Do a swirl...

22-03-08, 04:18 PM
Nice work dude best of luck !

22-03-08, 04:21 PM
I'm around the corner... will try my best to be there :)

22-03-08, 04:24 PM
you win it for sure man

22-03-08, 04:48 PM
i work at GJ's in parra!! :)

22-03-08, 05:31 PM
Sounds like fun, but I work in parra! Good luck though you'll have to make me a coffee one day =)

22-03-08, 05:38 PM
good luck mate.... do a rising sun for us here at jdmst

22-03-08, 08:02 PM
I'll be around that area for a interview that day, I will try come =]

Ps: is there a better quality photo of the newspaper ? Cant read the bottom, its all blurred out! XD

24-03-08, 01:49 AM
I might just make my lunch time earlier and pop up there

24-03-08, 02:00 AM
LOL way to spam my work inbox as well as JDMST! jkjk.

Hope to see you there as I'll be in MP.

Good luck for the challenge mate.

24-03-08, 03:08 AM
nice work jonno!
best of luck!
I'll see if I can pop by during uni break =D

24-03-08, 10:47 AM
Good luck man, but I'm sure you won't need it ;)

Go kill'em :p

24-03-08, 10:51 AM
Good luck bud!!!

If there was any way of getting out from Mascot i'd be there.

m a i k e r u
25-03-08, 03:33 PM
I heard the Australian BEST Barista, makes $500 an hour. :)

25-03-08, 03:38 PM
Imagine if you win, how awesome would that look in your Resume! XD

25-03-08, 03:39 PM
Congrats man!!! All the best! :)

25-03-08, 03:56 PM
Best of luck with it man!

I don't drink coffee but I can appreciate the skill required nonetheless!

25-03-08, 04:08 PM
goodluck man

i have uni tomorrow but ill try my best to drop by

all the best man :D

25-03-08, 04:10 PM
Won't be able to make it but best of luck to u Jonno! Great work for getting to this stage mate.

25-03-08, 04:50 PM
goodluck jonno!!

25-03-08, 04:57 PM
I will be doing a training at work (Wynyard) from 9 - 12.....i will see if i can drop by after my training......

damn, i wish i can be there to take pics for you :D

27-03-08, 10:06 AM
MASSIVE THANKS to all who came by and said hello/good luck yesterday. It was an incredible sight seeing so many people watching on while I was doing my thing, I just kinda froze and said "oh, hello!" Apologies for not having it all together and doing a big shoutout to you all though, it was a little overwhelming.

So the winners were announced and I came third, which I am perfectly happy with especially since it's my first time ever doing the comp. Got this snazzy coffee tamper thing as a prize in case you were wondering =P

This whole journey has been fun, but I'm glad it's all over. Back to life as usual now - hope to catch up with youse at the EOMM!


27-03-08, 02:32 PM
woohoo congrats jonno

sorry i couldnt make it down man had heapz of work to do for uni

Andy Wana
27-03-08, 04:33 PM
Jonno, 3rd in the country isn't too bad at all!
Congratulations on the stellar achievement!

Serial Killa
27-03-08, 04:35 PM
w00 Jonno!

27-03-08, 04:43 PM
this was out the front of my work, but didnt get a chance to come down!

But congrats on 3rd

02-04-08, 01:38 PM
3rd is excellent, always a next time!

02-04-08, 03:38 PM
nice work man, i'll have to come get a coffee off you some time

02-04-08, 08:25 PM
3rd is not too bad at all!! Good stuff Jonno!

02-04-08, 08:26 PM
nice work man, i'll have to come get a coffee off you some time

Jonno makes a mad latte :)

03-04-08, 06:41 PM
solid effort Jonno!!

24-04-08, 02:34 AM

So I get this phone call from GJ's yesterday, telling me I still need to pick something up :???:
Scoot over to head office kinda confused and then they hand me this box:


Turns out I've also won a Brugnetti Simona Top machine. Single gruppe, programmable heat exchanger design. Retails at $1700.


I guess at this point I really should say something to the effect of "THANK YOU GLORIA JEAN'S COFFEES!! :D"
That really was a nice surprise.

Problem is now I gotta save up $800 to get myself a Mazzer Mini (http://coffeegeek.com/proreviews/detailed/mazzermini) - the only 'home' grinder worthy of this machine :rolleyes:. Maybe I should just start a coffee thread, at least it won't be as random as some threads round here lately...


24-04-08, 11:18 PM
Rancillio Silvia ;) Seems you are well rewarded for your efforts! Wd!

25-04-08, 03:02 AM
awesome work jono!!!