UK Barista Championship – Northern Heat

Thursday was the Northern Heat for the UKBC, held up at Healds Hall Hotel.

Most of the competitors came from just three different stores. Opposite Cafe in Leeds, F.O.B. in Sheffield and Coffee Revolution in Sheffield, plus a couple of other people.
I don’t think I would be out of line in saying that the standard wasn’t quite as high as London. Still it was a good day, and also pleasing to see lots of first timers up to the challenge as well as a few people trying again and aiming at raising their game.

The heat was won by Lou from Opposite Cafe, using a Fairtrade Coffee. She was very nervous but had the most personality on stage, as well as the best drinks of the day.

Some quick photos:

Jon Skinner and Anette Moldvaer tasting:

Jamie Carson’s (FOB in Sheffield) elaborate trays:

Checking the foam:

A proper Yorkshire contestant:

Lou (eventual winner) working away:

She was a very shy winner:

Next heat is the Scottish Heat in Glasgow on Tuesday, expect photos and report not long after….

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