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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!
Number of years behind the bar: 1 and a half.
Number of competitions: First time.
Ranked third at Southern heat for UKBC 2015 and 10th overall in the first round.
Competition Coffee: Ethiopia Yukro. Washed heirloom varietals from the Jimma District.
Competition Milk: Local Scottish dairy.
Signature Beverage: “X beer coffee”
And judges elected highlight ingredient.
Secret Weapons: An amazing local coffee community.
Playlist: All about Bonobo.
Routine Theme: How democracy can impact coffee and more specifically the speciality coffee industry.
Total Practice Hours: Hard to tell.
Coach(es): Dave Stanton from Crankhouse Roastery coached me on run throughs polishing my tech for hours. Not to mention bein completely committed to roasting an amazing coffee.
My girlfriend Charlotte coached on delivery, making sure all the information I am giving is said clearly, unambiguously and accurately. Both amazing!
Fashion: Nothing special.
Additional notes: I’m a politics student, part time barista but full time coffee obsessive.
Social Medias: BaristaJesse