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.
Bolivia Buena Vista Cascara
Ripe Blackberry | Honey | Vanilla
Nicaragua Finca Los Altos (Washed)
Creamy chocolate, stone fruit and light red berry notes.
Origin Drinking Chocolate
A rich and indulgent guilt-free fairtrade hot chocolate.
7oz Cups Gift Set
2 x 7oz cup & saucer | 1 x box of 250g Seasonal filter coffee whole beans | 1 x Coffee Well Made home brewing guide
El Salvador Finca Andalucia (Golden Honey)
A sweet and vibrant cup with notes of crisp apple, light apricot, sugar cane and red berry.
Cafetière Gift Set
1 x 3-cup cafetière | 1 x 250g box of seasonal filter coffee whole beans | 1 x Coffee Well Made home brewing guide
Hand Grinder Gift Set
1 x Rhino hand grinder | 1 x box of 250g Seasonal filter coffee whole beans | 1 x Coffee Well Made home brewing guide
Espresso Gift Set
2 x Origin espresso cups | 250g box of seasonal espresso coffee beans
Acaia Scale | Pearl
A simple, modern and minimalist scale that monitors weight, time and flow-rates as you brew coffee.
El Salvador Finca Los Canales (Natural)
Notes of sugar-coated red berries, nectarine and a juicy nectar-like body.