UKBC 2010 Semis and Finals

Congratulations to John Gordon – the new UK Barista Champion!!

Big congrats also to Dale – so pleased to see him achieve 2nd, with a fantastic score that could easily have won it, had it not been for John’s phenomenal 687 points. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, as I’m sure his gaggle of fans will agree!

It was a real privilege to be performing again in the final 6 yesterday, with so many great baristas competing, and coming 4th in the UK is just nuts! Great to be able to represent Cardiff and Wales as well in a (predictably?) London dominated final. I was shocked to hear I’d got through (just being in the top 10 would have been great), and I was honestly a little aghast at the prospect of competing again the next day – being totally unprepared to do another set, I knew it would mean a long evening washing up, ironing, re-organising, and stressing in the hotel room, missing out on the after semis party at Cafe Mahoe, and another 5am start squeezing limes and separating eggs! We were absolutely shattered on arriving home yesterday, but it was well worth it in the end.

So …no spills …all 4 shots served for each category …remarkably mishap free this weekend (apart from chasing an ice-cube around on the floor at the start of my final set)! Really happy with my blend for the finals too. Had to rebuild the blend in the weeks before the finals, and the new blend seemed even better when I tried it during backstage practice. Having only had  just enough of the final rested version for use at competition, I had hardly tried it during the week – so it was a relief to find that it was doing lovely things. Peter and Co did an amazing job as always, and it was reassuring to find that the coffees I chose for the blend actually worked together in the way I had hoped. Not so happy with my cappuccinos though – my milk and latte art were completely pants, both days.

A really good experience all in all, despite all the hard work, that has been a great process yet again, helping me to learn a little more, step out of my bubble, and meet so many others who also care about coffee. Once again I’m left feeling enthused, and with an awareness that I really know so little about coffee and espresso, and that there’s so much more to learn …but as ever, this aspiration is contrasted with the fact most people think what I try to do with coffee is a little ridiculous, because coffee is just coffee! *mustn’t be negative – must have faith*!

Thanks so much to Claire, without her I simply would not have been able to do it. Thanks to her family for all their support too – new fans of the coffee world, who have been watching the live streaming avidly! Thanks to mum. Thanks to Peter and all at JGC for the wonderful coffee, endless samples, inspiration, and for putting up with my harassment and inability to judge coffees properly so often. Thanks to David at the plan for use of the cafe for quite a few late evenings practicing. And also to all the UKBC organisers and judges, and the San Remo team, for creating a great event this year, that is friendly, fun, and highly professional all at the same time, with lots of little improvements from last year – excellent work.


4 Responses to “UKBC 2010 Semis and Finals”

  1. Steve Says:

    Nice work and big ongrats on the top six finish. Coffee sounded delicious, performance was very polished too.

    Top stuff

  2. thebeanvagrant Says:

    Thanks very much! Hope you had a great day – must introduce ourselves next time …lots going on on the day!

  3. Youri Says:

    hey Trevor,

    Great job!

    Your grinder is in stock. Can you please contact me asap. I have lost your contact details 😦

    I would like to give you a call. hope to hear from you soon,


  4. thebeanvagrant Says:

    Cheers Youri,
    Will do – thanks 🙂

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