Barista Competition

latte-art-fire.jpgcoffee-fours.jpgLONG BEACH, Calif. USA (Dec. 18, 2007) – The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s largest coffee trade association in the world with members in more than 40 countries, presents six regional barista competitions this winter – starting February 8 and continuing through March 30. SCAA’s upcoming barista competitions are a prelude to the 2008 United States Barista Championship (USBC) occurring during the Association’s 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition, May 2-5 in Minneapolis.
The most skilled and accomplished baristas throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Mountain, Great Lakes and Western regions will demonstrate their coffee preparation and serving expertise to become their region’s best. As a result of winning their respective regional barista competition, each champion automatically qualifies for the semi-final round of the 2008 USBC. All regional-winning baristas also receive an expenses-paid trip to next year’s USBC. The winner of the USBC qualifies to compete at the World Barista Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 19-22, 2008. Regional barista competition entrants must impress judges while preparing and serving 12 coffee beverages including four espressos, four cappuccinos and four original signature drinks of their own creation within a 15-minute timeframe. Competitors are judged on station cleanliness, taste, beverage presentation, technical skills and total impression. All entrants are critiqued by seven certified judges, including one head judge, two technical judges, and four sensory judges. All judges are certified by the SCAA and the USBC committee.  Specialty Coffee Association of America

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