During the Barista Championship contestants will get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make 4 espresso, 4 cappuccino and finally 4 espresso based non alcoholic speciality drinks. The espresso machines are provided for the competition by Sanremo. Grinders from Mahlkonig will also be available for competitors although many choose to bring their own. Should you need it, Cravendale milk will be provided by Arla Foods. The drinks are then judged by 2 Technical Judges and 4 Sensory (see the judges "Sensory and Technical Score Sheets").
The various judges' deliberations will eventually boil down to one score for each barista, out of a maximum of 840. The top 20 scores will go through to the semi finals to be held at The Old Truman Brewery in London on Saturday April 27 at The London Coffee Festival These will be whittled down to the final 6 for the following day's final, 28 April 2013.
All UK Barista Championship Regional heat Information can be found at www.ukcoffeeevents.com
The certification programme for certifying UKBC judges for 2013/2014, will be held courtesy of Masteroast Coffee Company, Peterborough, January 6/7. Applications for this years certification programme are now being accepted. This is a 2 day programme based on WBC judging parameters and requirements where those who are successful are certified as judges for 2 years. As some judges reach the end of their 2 year certification after this years finals, we will be holding next years programme at around the same time in 2014.
Anyone interested in certifying for 2013 can apply for information by emailing Jamie Banwell
We have a back catalogue of the 2010 & 2009 UKBC routines over on our Livestream & Viddler page, these videos are worth checking out if you didn't make it to the competition last year.
Photographs from the UKBC competitions, check out our Flickr account