MILKLAB Roaster RoyaleRoasting Coffee Beans

We’re doing a callout to all the Aussie roasters that make up our great coffee community to join our FIRST ever MILKLAB Roaster Royale for 2024!

The brief is simple – come up with your own coffee roast with supplied green beans from InterAmerican Coffee that pairs the best with MILKLAB Oat.

Enter now and compete to WIN a trip to Papua New Guinea,  $10,000 cash prize and a MILKLAB Roaster Partnership.


How to enter?

  1. Be one of the first to submit your expression of interest in the form below. We’ll send out a carton of MILKLAB Oat and green beans from our Green Bean Partner InterAmerican Coffee after registrations close on 8th March (to an Australian address) to help you develop the perfect coffee blend.
  2. Send in 1kg of your specialty roast by Thursday 4th April 2024 to be judged. Allow time for delivery.
  3. Give us a spiel about your roast by Thursday 4th April 2024.
    a. Either send us a video of you talking up your roast and explaining the  process on how you got your coffee beans to pair well with plant-based milks (MILKLAB Oat in particular).

    Every video submission will receive an additional carton of MILKLAB Oat sent out to you for your efforts!

    If you’re feeling a bit camera shy you can fill out this entry deck and email it back to us.

From there we will blind taste each coffee blend and announce a Top 5 by Friday 12 April 2024! The Top 5 roasts will be showcased at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) at the Roaster Royale Grand Finals, where winners will be crowned!

Prizes 🏆

The winning roasters will win:

  • 🥇 Gold - Flights & accommodation to Papua New Guinea, $10,000 & MILKLAB Roaster Partnership!
  • 🥈 Silver - $5,000
  • 🥉 Bronze - $2,500

Rules & Judging Criteria

Participants must:

  • Already be selling wholesale coffee commercially at the time of entry.
  • Confirm the cost per blend is not existing on the market and does not exceed $50/kg.
  • Use supplied Green Beans in your entry.

Click here for full terms and conditions.

Green Bean Partner

InterAmerican Coffee

Established to import and distribute the finest speciality coffees in the world, we invest in sustainable relationships with our customers, suppliers & employees.

Expression of Interest

Blind Judging Criteria

The roasts will all be blind judged using the below brewing parameters:

  • Machine: La Marzocco (any model available in the roaster’s office).
  • Coffee: 18g-22g in the basket.
  • Yield: 35-48g.
  • Extraction Time: 25-35 seconds (tolerance of +/- 2 seconds for an acceptable range, split into 2 shots).
  • Grinder: Izaga Markibar.
  • Basket: La Marzocco 21g.
  • Cup: Acme 190mL cup.

Blind judging will rate the below criteria out of 10:

  • Sweetness
  • Flavour
  • Aftertaste
  • Balance (coffee with MILKLAB Oat)
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