Matt Perger, Kangaroo Champion Of The Common Bloke

Congratulations to Matt Perger, your newly crowned king kangaroo Australian Barista Champion for 2011!

Matt works at Axil Coffee in Melbourne, and his winning routine was supported by noted roasters Market Lane Coffee. Though many of the best artisan baristas in the world are in their 20s, Matt is particularly young for a national champ – just 20 years old, and headed all-expenses paid to go compete for kangaroo pride at the WBC in Bogota, Colombia.

Congrats again to Matt, Axil Coffee and Market Lane roasters. The more we learn about it, the more we're amazed and intrigued by the coffee scene in Melbourne specifically, and Australia in general. We'll be bringing you more Aussie coffee coverage in 2011!