So ya’ll all know about what happened in Dallas at the UBC. This was the next step. Because of my good performance in Dallas, I was invited to compete in the Ultimate Barista Showdown in Orlando, FL. The gentlemen they pitted me against we’re not only good friends, but fantastic baristas: Mike Love from Coffee Labs Roasters in Terrytown, NY, and Clancy Rose from Cuvee Coffee Roasting Co, in Spicewood, TX. All the categories were the same as last time. They were espresso cocktail, espresso frappe, best of brew, and latte art, and of course best overall points. So guess who came away with three medals again. =) Yup, yours truly walked away with medallions for best of brew, espresso frappe, and best overall points. Really, really a lot of fun, and my first competition that I got to travel for. Besides the competition itself, I got to room with Mike and Clancy, and it was awesome to pick the brains of some really awesome baristas, and experienced roasters for that matter. Hope to get to see more of those guys.
So, lets see, competitions on the calendar: H-town Throwdown on Oct 31, 2009, at Coffee Groundz in Houston, SCRBC in Austin in January 2010, UBC in Houston at the next Texas Restaurant Association Convention, and then, well,…….all thats left is Shanghai, China in November 2010 for the UBC. Busy, busy. Looking forward to it all.