Project Description

Heath Dalziel
ONA Coffee

Please tell us a little about yourself:

My name is Heath Dalziel. I have been working with specialty coffee for 5 years. I have a small shop in Adelaide, South Australia called Third Time Lucky Coffee. I’ve been working in the hospitality industry since I was 16 and love the diversity. I’m very amazed where my career has taken me thus far and look forward to poking my nose through a few more doors to see what’s going on.

How did you get started in coffee?:

After experiencing Ethiopian Sidamo coffee at a local coffee spot, my friend and I thought we would like to try and get into the coffee industry by opening a small cafe. 5 years later here I am with a small shop.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

2018 Australia Western Region Brewers Cup Champion
2018 Australian National Brewers Cup Champion

What are you excited to do while you are in Brazil?:

Haven’t even thought about it yet!

What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:

The one that sticks in my mind as the first was Ethiopian Sidamo run as espresso, I suppose that’s the one for so many people that makes you realise coffee can be so much.

What is your favorite coffee brewing method and why?:

I think cupping is probably it, followed very closely by v60. Cupping for purity of expression, v60 for elegance and refinement of expression.

What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?:

Tough question, I’ll need to pick two—Panama and Ethiopia. But exciting coffee can come from many places!

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

I love live music, and have a hobby of live projection art for music. I’m interested in vegetable gardening and would love to try making ceramics.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Did not really see myself here so who knows!

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the competition?:

So many. My mentors Sasa, Sam and Devin. Everyone at ONA coffee and Project Origin. Jamison, Leslie and the team from Finca Deborah. My team at Third Time Lucky Coffee, my business partner Quang. My partner Aspasia. My mum, dad and brother. My training buddy Rhys. My amazing customers who keep me wanting to deliver them new and interesting experiences.