Every barista dreams of making a pilgrimage to origin, to retrace the journey from seed to cup. For those of us who have yet to have the opportunity to visit a coffee farm, a new book, Coffee Encounters: Adventures to Origin by Jonette George and Tyson Hunter offers an intimate look at …
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Hard work pays off
In 2004, Pete Licata attended a workshop by 2004 World Barista Champion, Tim Wendelboe. This inspired Pete to start competing the following year. Since 2005, Pete Licata has placed first in his regional barista competition five times, won the United States Barista Competition twice and is the reigning 2013 World Barista Competition Champion. Pete graciously took some time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for the Coffee Compass. We hope you thoroughly enjoy this Q & A session with The Champ. He is a deserving champion because of hard work, dedication, repetition, innovation in engaging judges with hospitality, rock solid technical skills, and properly representing an amazing coffee from Arnulfo Leguizamo. Be inspired….
Matt Perger, 2012 World Brewer’s Cup (WBC) champion, St. Ali barista in Melbourne, Australia, and internet video sensation brings us this video on what an elementary analysis in coffee extraction can yield (pun intended). The video commentary on his vimeo page is worth the read, mentioning control variables and experimental bias.
His conclusion: “I think it’s safe to say: if you’re not using volumetrics or weighing every single shot’s dose and yield, your espresso bar will be grossly inconsistent. There’s really no excuse, it’s 2012.”
The video shakes them haters off, geeks out on ‘spro stats, and features delightful music. Enjoy.