Klatch Coffee dominated the 2011 Ultimate Barista Championship at the Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo in San Diego, California.
75th Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo (WFHE) hosted the Ultimate Barista Challenge USA for the second time in San Diego, California. Award-winning specialty coffee roaster and retailer Klatch Coffee defended their title as the "Ultimate" champion.
“It really comes down to great coffee -- expertly prepared by a professional barista and Klatch swept on all accounts,” said Sherri Johns, coffee professional and co-creator of Ultimate Barista Challenge.
Klatch Coffee's Director of Training and Consulting and barista champion, Heather Perry, held her title as "Ultimate Barista" in the "Best of Brew" and "Espresso Frappe." Not before she was challenged by her own baristas who gave her a run for her title.
Liz Lozano, Klatch San Dimas Barista and Associate Klatch Trainer, tested her coach to a brew showdown, in the "Best of Brew." Lozano brewed a meticulously Kenya from Giakanja Factory against Perry's geisha varietal, Aristar from Panama. This coffee bean won the world-famous "Best of Panama" competition, providing Perry with an edge to hold on to her title.
In the "Espresso Frappe" challenge, Amanda Bivens, a Klatch Barista, won the impressive qualifying round with her Spiced Apricot Frappe. Challenging her mentor in the "Ultimate" round. "I train baristas all over the world and love it, but I may be giving way too many secrets. This duel was one of the closest competitions ever," said Perry.
About Ultimate Barista Challenge
Ultimate Barista Challenge (UBC) is an open battle barista competition. Baristas can compete in any of the three challenges, having only 10 minutes to prepare and serve their own drinks to a panel of professional tasting judges before a live audience. Those who win the qualifying round complete with the ultimate barista in a one-on-one final challenge to be named "The Ultimate Barista."
TAGS: ULTIMATE BARISTA CHALLENGE, HEATHER PERRY, BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP, BEST OF BREW, ESPRESSO FRAPPE, SHERRI JOHNS, KENYA GIAKANJA, PANAMA GEISHA ARISTAR, BEST OF PANAMA