Six heats in total, held all across the country, are responsible for finding the best 20 baristas in the UK. Those final 20 will brew-it-out in the tense and highly anticipated final at London Coffee Festival, Brick Lane in April.
But who will they be? The South West heats were held what seems like an age ago, where and our barista trainer Dave Jones managed to secure an impressive third place in the region. After a further two heats the pressure is mounting as we eagerly anticipate the final 20 announcement.
As it stands Dave is sitting at a comfy number 6 in the top 20, but with two heats to go; one in Glasgow and another in Northern Ireland, anything could happen. Take a look at the table below for the current positions (from scaeuk.com )
Top 20 Barista Leaderboard after 4 heats
|Sang Ho Park|
|Maxwell Colonna Dashwood|
If you follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds you'll notice a familiar name sitting at number 7 on the leaderboard. Origin customer Dan Fellows competed in the UKBC for the first time this year. Not only is he sitting comfortably in seventh as I type, but has also won the UK Coffee Events (UKCE) 2012 Coffee in Good Spirits champion at Hotelympia. He's top of the leaderboard for the Best Newcomer to the UKBC.
Finca Los Altos 2013 Crop
Dense | Chocolatey | Stone fruit acidity
CHEMEX 12" Round Filter Papers
12" unfolded Chemez filter papers for use will most Chemex brewers - except the 1-pint model.
Hario Ceramic V60
Brew clean and crisp filter coffee with the Hario V60 1-4 cup filter cone
Brazil Fazenda Mariano
Toffee l Chocolate l Cream
Colombia Finca El Faldon
Complex fruit notes l Blackcurrant l Blueberry l Summer fruits l Full body
Cranberry l Herbal l Floral
Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Espresso Roast
Floral l Mango Pulp