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!

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Name: Paul Ross

Company: Harris + Hoole

Number of years behind the bar: 8 Months

Number of competitions: 1
Harris + Hoole Internal, ‘Hoolympics’ – Winner

Competition Coffee: Yayu Wild Forest

Competition Milk: Berkeley Dairy Farm

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Signature Beverage: “Cream Soda”
Indian Tonic Water
Raw Italian Honey
Jasmine Tea

Routine Theme: Wild coffee. We work in an industry that is chasing something that is ultimately unattainable. We are seeking exact uniformity and consistency in nature and this goes against what nature is. Of course we can improve both, but there comes a point at which we have to accept that there is variance. Currently variance is viewed negatively, but what if it can be embraced to produce great coffee?

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Total Practice Hours: Lots!

Social Medias: @paul_ross_