Espresso Post, home of the 2006 Regional Barista Champion Mark Krause, brings home another plaque. Sixteen year old Chris Tellez of Espresso Post in Collingwood Ontario placed 6th in his first attempt at the Eastern Regional Barista Championships held at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto Ontario last Saturday.
In an entertaining round Chris, the youngest competitor ever, turned out to be the fastest as well, completing the required 12 drinks in just under 12 minutes where the competition allows for 15 minutes.
The competition itself displays the quality and talent of a barista, the consummate professional in espresso preparation. The requirements are to serve 12 drinks (4 espresso, 4 cappuccino, 4 signature drinks) in 15 minutes to a panel of 4 judges. The baristi are judged on technical skill with the espresso machine as well as the quality and taste of the drinks themselves.
More information on the competition and official results can be read at http://www.canadianbaristaacademy.com/barista.htm.
Mark or Chris can be contacted through:
139 Hurontario St.
Collingwood, ON L9Y 2L9