So…. Tokyo…..

Well, it is absurdly early in the morning and, with my flight looming, I am doing what most champions will have been doing at some point. Ironing. And then more ironing.

Its been a few good days doing all the normal things you do in the run up to competition:

– Obsessing over every word you may or may not plan to say

– Hand sorting every gram of your greens before roasting

– Sacrificing small furry animals to any and all appropriate gods

– Ironing

– Spending too much on pretty table items you’ll probably never use again and only grow to resent when you have to lug them back halfway across the world.

– Collecting fresh child urine in order to pass random drugs screenings (If we’ve learnt anything from the Tour de France…..)

– Occaisonally relaxing and thinking it might be ok.

– Mostly stressing that it won’t be.

– And of course, screwing around with latte art when you should be packing stuff up. If I am not dedicated to the latte art challenge then who will be? So – I give you a pour in the brave hands of Anette:

A few more on flickr.

And so – WBC time it is. I am looking forward to this year, and I am hoping I get to explore Tokyo at least a little bit. It will be nice to see lots of people again, catch up and rant on over much drink (Sake maybe?). Wish me luck I guess (unless you are a supporter of “the opposition”) and I will try and do us proud. I will do my best to photograph and post on here but if Berne taught me anything its that I am a bit rubbish at the internet when under pressure. Best keep an eye on ZacharyZachary….

(On a side note I am quietly hoping they will get around to telling us what day we are on – once I know I’ll post it up….)

16 Comments

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  2. I have been wanting to try a pour into hands ever since I first saw a photo – that is awesome! Was Anette burned at all? Tell her thanks because that was rad to see when logging into flickr!

  3. Anne – Anette was fine, we steamed the milk pretty cool and let the espresso get a bit cold too – feels quite nice really (oddly my freakishly large hands were no use for this!).

    Give it a try!

    And Peter – thank you, appreciate the support.

  4. Best of luck – we’re all rooting for you here. Only sorry we cant make the trip! Make sure that Penky buys lots of drinks!

  5. Good luck Jim! Have a great time in Tokyo. Perhaps you should focus on dealing with the jetlag before exploring the city… Also heard that it´s really hot down there. Might be a shock coming from the rainsoaked UK. Give ‘em hell!
    Cool latte art by the way!

    Ola

  6. All the best Jim. You made me smile with your pre-competetion list!
    Show the others (especially the German Champion) what a Barista is ;)

  7. Best of luck in Tokyo James. All of us here in Athens will be rooting for you in the finals.

  8. Good luck James.
    See you over there.
    I hear rumours that the schedules will be up tonight. I just need to iron my shirts and relax with a beer before I get on with it..

  9. Good luck Jim.

    I’m sure you will do ol’ Blighty proud.

    Have fun.

    Darren

  10. Good luck! try get a steady-handed soul to pour a rosetta in a contact lens and post us a pic of that!

  11. Hi James

    Con gratualtions with the Championship….it looked really nice….and you looked so calm……

    Best wishes from Denmark

    Søren Stiller Markussen

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