Just a quick update on the Canadian Barista Championship while I have a brief moment of time –
Cliff and I are in Vancouver this week for the annual national championship. Today was the first round, with 15 extraordinary baristas presenting. Cliff gave a solid performance, improving on many scores over his 2nd place regional finish. Although he didn’t make the finals (which is quite a feat in this competition — Canada is a serious playground when it comes to coffee!), Cliff did manage to win the All Canadian Latte Art Competition at Cafe for Contemporary Arts in North Vancouver.
The finals are tomorrow (Thursday) starting at noon PST. The top 6 are some of the best baristas in the world, each possessing their own unique skill sets and styles. It should be very close. You can watch the finals on ustream to see who will represent Canada at the 2010 World Barista Championship in London next April!