So I just returned from the big espresso trade show in Trieste, Italy.
I as a member of The Danish National Barista Team I did not get to see much of the show as I was competing in the European Team Coffee Challenge. The Danish team battled against teams from Russia, UK, Austria, Italy, Estonia, Iceland and Ireland and came out victorious. Hurray...
During the days there we participated in several workshops and competitions. All though the quality of some of the workshops was not very high and some pretty bad arranged (only in Italian!!!) all in all the Team Challenge was a great competition. I really like when you get to meet other baristas from all over europe and share ideas about coffee.
As said the competition is build up by several smaller competitions including coffee and spirits, cooking with coffee, roasting, blending and brewing coffee in different ways. In one of my favorite competitions the teams had to brew two cappuccinos with latte art on an old vintage La San Marco from the 1920’s and two on a modern espresso machine. It was really nice to have the opportunity to try out the old equipment... that thing only brews with a pressure around 1,2 bars.. what an honour.
The Danish team is:
Signe Støttrup Jensen from Sigfreds Kaffebar in Århus, winner of the danish latteart competition in 2008
Søren Stiller Markussen from Growers Cup, Danish barista champion and 6th place at WBC 2008
Mikkel Pilegaard Madsen from Sigfreds Kaffebar in Århus, 3rd place danish barista championship 2008
And me Casper Engel from The Coffee Collective, Danish and World Cup Tasting Champion 2008
A great thanks to all the other teams who made these days so wonderful and fun.
Hope to see you all again soon.
Read more about the competition on: www.scae.com