The Specialty Coffee Association UK Chapter have introduced a mini festival to host two days of competitions that will ultimately lead to the crowning of the next United Kingdom Barista Champion. The festival will feature panel discussions and content provided by the world renown ‘Tamper Tantrum’ on Sunday, whilst both days will have a wide range of educational content curated by SCA UK board member Ben Townsend and supported by the London School of Coffee, Mercanta and the Barista Guild Of Europe in conjunctions with the UKBC sponsors.
Espressofest will be held at the Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Historic Temple Meads Station, where the sixteen highest placed competitors from the UKBC heats will compete in the semi-finals on Saturday 19th Augusts. The six highest scoring will then battle it out on Sunday 20th August, where the winner will be crowned the United Kingdom Barista Champion 2017 and will go on to represent the UK in the World Barista Championships in November in Seoul, South Korea.
The 2017 United Kingdom Barista Championship journey started in February in Bristol and has seen fifty three of some of the UK’s finest baristas competing to represent the UK at the World Barista Championships.
The baristas each prepare four espressos, four milk drinks, and four original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music. The espresso course to highlight the taste of the coffee, the milk drink to highlight the balance between the coffee and the milk and the signature beverage is where the competitors can show their flair and understanding of coffee and how it interacts with their chosen ingredients. All drinks are scored on taste by four sensory judges, the baristas are technically evaluated by a technical judge, and a head judge overviews the proceedings to ensure consistency and fairness.
Those fifty three baristas have now been whittled down to the following top sixteen who will be competing at Espressofest.
1. Kieran Carney Baxter Storey 454
2. Jana Slamova Baxter Storey 451.5
3. Dale Harris Hasbean 440.5
4. Don Altizo Baxter Storey 421
5. Jesse Dodkins Origin 420
6. Anson Goodge Ozone 414
7. Diana Johnston Taylor Street 414
8. Scott Tedder Bonanza 411
9. William Pitts Sans Pere 411
10. Callum Parsons Extract 408
11. Tom Hopkinson Cloudpicker 405
12. Paul Ross Origin 399
13. Estelle Bright La Marzocco 398
14. Amanda Lo Baxter Storey 393.5
15. Derek Buckley Baxter Storey 389
16. Darryl Docherty Independent 382
Tickets for Espressofest are available from www.espressofest.com, cost £6 each and cover both days; Saturday 19th August and the Sunday 20th August. All proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be donated to the charity of the 2017 UKBC Winner.*
The festival will also be supported by the UKBC sponsors, without whom the competition would not be possible. This year’s sponsors are:
La Spaziale Espresso Machines, Nuova Simonelli Espresso Grinders, Puly Caff, Beyond the Bean, Bewleys, Da Vinci Gourmet, Durgol, Northiam Dairy, Everpure, London School of Coffee, Pullman Tampers
* Subject to approval that the charity choice does not conflict with the overall aims of the SCA UK. The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a membership-based association built on foundations of openness, inclusivity, and the power of shared knowledge.