The South’s most skilled baristas are currently preparing for the Southern heat of the UK’s most prestigious barista competition, the UK Barista Championships run by SCAE UK (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe – UK chapter).
This year the Southern Heat sees Origin coffee, Cornish based roasters, host the regional championships, and their chosen location is the famous Bristol site, SS Great Britain.
The site of Brunel’s famous ship, located in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside will see twenty baristas gather to demonstrate their brewing prowess. The heat will comprise of fifteen minute slots in which each barista will have the opportunity to make four espresso, four cappuccino and four espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks. The drinks are judged by two technical and four sensory judges, who between them will assess everything from technical knowledge to taste balance. A test of both art and science.
Tom Sobey, founder of Origin said “the location is iconic to the South and will be a unique venue for the South’s talented baristas to gather and demonstrate their ability. It’s incredibly important that events like this are well supported to help promote the skills that go into brewing exceptional coffee. The UK’s playing catch up with the coffee cultures in America, Australia and New Zealand, in which being a barista is a well-respected and understood profession. We’re delighted to be hosting this year and helping to recognise this talent.”
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Origin Coffee is one of the UK’s leading speciality coffee roasters, based in Cornwall.
They believe that seasonal coffee traded directly is the best way to ensure an exceptional product and achieve this by visiting the farms and mills they work with directly (or do so through their trusted partners) and rewarding them for producing the best quality crops through sustainable and ethical practices. Origin coffees are rotated based on seasonality with monthly single origin’s and special small lot coffees.
The coffee beans are roasted at Origin in Cornwall, using a Loring Smart Roast, the world’s first environmentally friendly coffee roaster.
This pursuit of quality continues with the baristas they work with; amongst the best in the country, including UK Barista Champions.
Origin coffee can be experienced in leading independent cafes, boutique hotels and at online at origincoffee.co.uk