Yesterday was the UK Barista competition northern heats. I was hoping to go but its clashed with me being away for a couple of days Thursday, Friday (more to come) so work was backed up.
The reason I wanted to go was, we had three customers competing in the event, using coffee roasted by us. The best part was they were using the coffee they use in there shops every day which I think was really cool. The very good news is all three finished in the top six with two of them taking third and first.
Barry and Duncan competed from this shop ( http://www.roasterscoffee.co.uk ) in Scarborough. Barry is the shop owner and not only a customer but a good friend (seems to go a it hand in hand with most of our customers).
He has a real passion for doing things right and everyone who has been to his shop has seen this and experienced it. He held an open evening where he got 40 odd people to come listen to me chat coffee for two hours and they even enjoyed it ( http://www.hasblog.co.uk/?p=193 ) Barry by all accounts did really well (I have my spies) and finished up winning the whole dam thing 🙂 Duncan also did really well coming sixth (I wish I could compete and finish sixth I’d be back of the class with a big pat on).
Dino came to us a couple of years ago at Café Culture and straight away I knew he knew his stuff (or at least was willing to learn more if it). He wanted something to make his shop stand out and he also wanted something that tasted good. We have worked hard with Dino to perfect his blend and his third place at the first time of competing I think is great and deserves a huge pat on the back. Dino had a few problems with the presentation (technical stuff) but to finished up third which is a real achievement, I know he was disappointed but he really shouldn’t be. Go visit him at his shop more details http://www.altocafe.co.uk/
So when your near by pop in visit them and try some really good competition standard coffee every day of the week. Well done guys I’m all proud and emotional.