UK Barista Championship – Welsh Heat

This was a new heat for this year, and next year I just hope it is a bit closer! The drive there isn’t the easiest, to say the least.

In terms of entrants it was an interesting mix. As one of the last heats to fill up there were a few “out of towners” as well as plenty of locals. The standards were pretty good, and though there was another unfortunate mishap, I think a lot of entrants surprised themselves, as initially I don’t think they really wanted to do it.

The winner was Anna Tikey, an out of towner who works for Muffin Break (home of the NZ champ Carl Sara), and trained by Jeremy Reagan, who is one of the judges this year (though obviously not at the heat!)
Second was Ben Townsend, former barista at Melbourne cafe Maltitude (home of some rather good latte art as seen on CG). I think Ben was a little unhappy with his performance but we shall see if his score is enough to get him through.
Third, much to the delight of the rampantly Welsh news crew was a local called Lynne who I had done a little training with, and she looked utterly delighted with it.

Some photos from the day:

(full set at flickr)

Judge’s Calibration in the morning (Andy Fawkes of Masteroast/WBC board):

Jeremy and Anna prepping backstage:

Judges at their table:

Anna and the judges:

Serving her espressos:

Ben’s espressos:

Ben’s Cappuccino (nice apple!)

Jeremy and Anna (awaiting results)

TV crew:

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