UKBC off and running

Feb 10, 2010

Lina Chiodo, BUNN Director of Sales and Marketing for Europe, contributed this post on the United Kingdom Barista Championship (UKBC).

I was lucky enough to be in attendance for the Scottish heat of the SCAE UK Barista Championship took place Tuesday 26th January in Glasgow and watched winner Jonathan Sharp, owner of the Kilimanjaro Coffee House in Edinburgh construct his Signature Drink made with espresso, orange peel, cream and chocolate. Sounds scrumptious!

Last Wednesday, 3 Feb the South West heat of the UK Barista Championship was won by Jose Melium with a signature drink based on espresso made from a single origin coffee from Finca Los Altos, Nicaragua (washed). He added an infusion of dried coffee cherries, molasses, a little spice and Venezuelan cocoa to win the heat.

Upcoming competitions will be held:

Tue 16 Feb North / Midlands UKBC Regional, Sheffield
Sat 20 Feb London / South East UKBC Regional, London
Sun 28 Feb - Mon 1st March UKBC Semi & Final Comp - Hotelympia, London

We have a greater than average interest in the outcome of the UKBC since our own David Locker is a sensory judge for the championship, and last year, Gwilym Davies, winner of the UKBC, went on to win the World Barista Championship. And I need to mention that BUNN is a silver sponsor for this championship. So it goes without saying that we follow its heats and are very interested in winners.

The excitement is building and barista championships are being held all over the world to determine who will compete in London 23-25 June for the World Barista Championship, held outside the United States for the first time during the SCAE/Caff Culture show.

Check out information about the UK Barista Championship on their website.


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