SprudgeLive’s coverage of the 2015 United Kingdom Barista Championship is made possible by direct support from La Spaziale UK. All of SprudgeLive’s 2015 barista competition coverage is underwritten in partnership with Square and Urnex Brands

We’re proud to serve as official media partners of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe–UK Chapter, who produce these extraordinary events.

We reached out to each of the 2015 UK Barista Championship competitors prior to their routines, to learn a bit more about them as competitors and coffee pros. We hope you enjoy these interviews!

Name: Dan Fellows

Company: Origin Coffee

Number of years behind the bar: 7

Number of competitions: 3
World Coffee in Good Spirits – 4th (2012)

UK Coffee in Good Spirits – Champion (2012), 2nd (2013), 2nd (2014)

UK Barista Championship – 6th (2012), 8th (2013), 9th (2014)

UK Latte Art Championship – 5th (2012)

Competition Coffee: Costa Rica – Coopedota [Natural]

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Signature Beverage: Espresso
Cherry extraction (clarity)
Cascade hops (low alpha acid / bitterness, high complexity)
Cascara (Bolivia Buena Vista – depth and sweetness)
Espresso Crema – texture and espresso flavour reinforcement
Cut cocktail glass

Playlist: 1. One Republic – Love Runs Out
2. Imagine Dragons – Demons
3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us
4. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time

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Routine Theme: The role of the barista – understanding what has happened previously in the supply chain in order to maximise the experience of the coffee consumer.

Social Medias: @danfellows1 / @origincoffee