Scottie was introduced to barista competitions when he saw Maico La Penna win the Australian Barista Championship 2004. It was the begining of Scottie's dream to win that competition.
In his third year of competing , Scottie represented Australia at the World Latte Art Championships in Berne, Switzerland and won. Then in 2007, he followed up his world title with a win at the Australian Barista Championships (ABC), where he again went on to represent Australia in Tokyo at the World Barista Championships . He also competed in Singapore at the Asia Barista Cup, where he placed 2nd to seasoned competitor, Carl Sara of New Zealand.
During an 18 month break from competing, Scottie wrote the book Cafe Republic of Australia, moved house twice, became a father for the first time, started working for Belaroma Coffee Roasting Company and went to judge in the finals of the World Latte Art Championships in 2009 in Cologne.
In 2010 Scottie was back competing again, but instead of taking the usual route through the Australian Barista Championships, Scottie skipped the state heats and turned up on the finals weekend to enter the open heat. It was a gruelling schedule, competiting three days back to back. With no time in between to celebrate his success in the open heat and semi finals, Scottie remained focused and performed well in the final.
Scottie won the ABC for the second time and went on to compete in the World Barista Championships in London where he placed third. As a part of his prize Scottie will travel to Peru and Italy with the five other finalists on a coffee adventure. You can follow Scottie on his travels by reading his blog, called Good Baristas are Mad' www.scottiecallaghan.blogspot.com