Fair winds and following seas welcomed the UKBC Southern Heats to the ss Great Britain.
Pictured: Dan Fellows (left) and William Pitts (right). Photography: Sam Burdall
Last Friday 28th November saw us welcoming some of the South’s most skilled baristas to the ss Great Britain to battle it out in the Southern Heats of the 2015 UK Barista Championships.
Run by SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) and hosted by us, the event saw a raft of the industry's hottest baristas, esteemed judges and coffee professionals taking part in what is one of the industry's most anticipated competitions.
Each of the sixteen participating baristas took to the floor for a fifteen minute slot to make four espresso, four cappuccino and four espresso-based non-alocholic signature drinks. Judged by a panel of two techinical judges and four sensory judges, these scores were then compiled to create one score for each barista, with the maximum number of points being 840. A full list of scores can be seen below.
We were delighted to bring in two top five places at the heat with Dan Fellows, our trainer for the North of England bringing home first place and William Pitts, Head Barista at The Brew House coming fourth. To top off the celebrations, Dan was awarded a hat trick of ‘Best’ Cappuccino, Espresso and Signature Drink.
Andy Phillips, Operations Director here at Origin said “we were delighted with the turn out at the event and how well the venue was received. The level of skill on show was incredibly impressive and we were, of course, delighted that Dan and Will did so well – testament to their abilities and level of dedication. Events such as the UKBC are incredibly important as showcase the skill and talent within the UK speciality coffee industry.”
Following the Midlands heat later this week the top twenty scores for all heats will be going through to the semi finals in Glasgow on 4th March 2015, with the top six then battling it out the following day at the final.