In the Lone Star State Espresso shots are fired as Baristi battle it out at the 2nd Annual Ultimate Barista Challenge® Americas at the Southwest Foodservice Expo in Dallas!
PORLAND, Oregon, USA It was tamper to tamper, a no holds barred barista competition where dueling Baristi (someone who expertly prepares coffee and espresso drinks) brewed their best at the Ultimate Barista Challenge held June 28th - 30th at the Southwest Foodservice Expo. The UBC is an action packed competition where Baristi, compete in a dueling stage of identical espresso stations to shake their espresso cocktails, prepare beautiful caffe latte art, blend espresso frappe, and brew the best they have. Each Barista has a tight 5 or 10 minutes to prepare drinks in each category and serve the panel of astute professional tasting judges.
Ultimate Barista Heather Perry says, "Dallas was the most challenging UBC thus far. The talent went above and beyond expectations and really thought out of the box." Mary Yanes, CEM, Director of Expo Operations and Texas Restaurant Association "We are delighted the UBC is featured annually at the TRA. The UBC adds an extra dimension to the show floor that exhibitors and attendees alike rave about. It is a professionally managed coffee competition program that gets better every year."
The certified UBC Dallas Judges included a Food writer and critic, a Director of the Culinary School of Fort Worth, Scientist and former coffee roaster, Members of the TCA (Texas Chefs Association), Coffee Specialists, Tasting and Flavorologist, and Barista Trainers. In the end, this diverse group agreed who would be the Ultimate Barista in each category.
In Best of Brew Challenge, Ultimate Barista USA Heather Perry, of Klatch Coffee defeated Finalist Sean Marshall, of Fusion Beans / Catalina Coffee with her Organic Ethiopian Brew Wondo Bonko. UBC Producer/Head Judge, Sherri Johns commented, Intense fruit, natural dry process with complexity and dimension in the cup. The drip brew coffee was Plated and served to tasting judges with accoutrements of lime, strawberry, peach, mango, a chocolate medallion with a small porcelain sniffer of the freshly ground coffee. Barista Sean commented, It was an honor to be on the same stage with Heather I am excited where the UBC is headed and already planning for next year in Houston.
Ultimate Barista Americas Lorenzo Perkins of Caffe Medici, Austin, just back a victorious UBC Showdown in Beijing, China, saw victory as qualifying winner in Latte Art Challenge but was trumped in the Championship round by Ultimate Barista Heather Perry. In the Espresso Cocktail Challenge, newcomer David Buehrer of Tuscany Coffee / Coffee Street in Houston prepared an intoxicating cocktail featuring his namesake espresso Dairymaid. His Occams Razor featured Ancho Tequila, Cream de Cocoa, heavy cream, and six drops of chili tincture garnished with mulled mint wowed the judges to award David Ultimate Barista Champion status. David was aligned as an imaginative chef of coffee on this round, commented one Judge.
Newly crowned Ultimate Barista Sean Marshall won the Espresso Frappe Challenge Championship with his impressive blended drink with berry compote and fresh roasted espresso garnished with a skewer of colorful fresh berries and rimmed with chocolate,. As Ultimate Barista, Sean is eligible represent the UBC at other national and international events. Sean Marshall garnered the most medallions in this UBC. Two for finalist rounds in Brewing and Frappe, the Espresso Frappe Championship and finally the beaming Sean was presented with the Medallion Best of Show for highest over all points.
Astoria Plus 4 You Espresso Machines, Boyd Coffee Company and other sponsors products/ equipment were featured during the UBC Demonstrations! Ultimate Barista USA Heather Perry, awed audience members using Café Essentials recipes, a line of Dr. Smoothie Brands. Last years UBC Americas Champion Clancy Rose of Cuvee Coffee in Spicewood, Texas impressed the audience between challenges with his Latte Art flair. Master of Ceremonies / UBC Coordinator Danny Johns revved up the crowds, This has been the best UBC Americas yet. Texas Barista showmanship is amazing. This is the future of Coffee!
UBC SPONSORS: Astoria / General Espresso Equipment Corporation, CoffeeTalk Magazine, Everpure Water Systems, Vita-Mix® Corporation, Dr. Smoothie / Café Essentials, BOYD Coffee Company, BUNN-O-Matic Corporation, Diedrich Manufacturing, CDN (Component Design Northwest), Reg Barber Enterprises, Pallo/Joe Glo, Alzatex, Inc. (Sports Timers), Organic Valley Family of Farms, and theCafeGuide.com.
(Source: Ultimate Barista Challenge Americas/Usa/China/Korea)