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Posted on January 20, 2012
Pumphrey’s Coffee of Newcastle hosted the 2012 UK Barista Championships Northern Heat at the Life Science Centre on Friday 17th February, filling the event with local baristas (8 out of the 14 who competed live or work in Newcastle) and attracted spectators from all over the region.
Sky News Tyne and Wear, BBC Look North News, The Evening Chronicle & BBC Radio Newcastle covered the event.
Sky Tyne and Wear <- click to view a Sky video featuring Chris Killen, Stuart Lee Archer and the UKBC Judges.
During the Barista Championship contestants get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make 4 espresso, 4 cappuccino and finally 4 espresso based non alcoholic speciality drinks.
Gordon Howell, of The Attic (at Harlequin Coffee and Tea House – York) was the winner of this heat, followed closely by Stuart Lee Archer of Pumphreys Coffee in second place and Steven Dyson of Spring Espresso finishing third.
In a break from tradition, the winner of Best Espresso (Gordon Howell), Best Cappuccino (Joe Meagher, Flat Caps, Ridley Place, Newcastle) and Best Signature Drink (Tom Booth) went to 3 different baristas.
Gordon Howell is a 4th time entrant in the UK Barista Championships and first competed the last time that the Northern Heat was held in Newcastle in 2009.
Gordon used Has Bean’s “Jailbreak” coffee during his performance, serving it in all 3 drink categories. For his signature drink he deconstructed the blend to highlight each coffee’s characteristics by preparing the coffee’s individually as a pourover or aeropress, giving the judges a total sensory experience with aromas and taste coming together right at the end by folding these ingredients into the espresso.
Stuart Lee Archer treated the judges to a taste sensation serving the following blend: 50% Mundo Novo Pulped Bruzzi (Vac Pack) Tabuoes Farm, Daterra Farms, Minas Gerais, Brazil. 50% Garden and Semi Forest, Washed, Hafursha, Yirgacheffe, Yirgacheffe Ethiopia. His signature drink investigated the effect of aroma on tasting and had the judges holding their noses while drinking, a sight to behold!
Once the scores from all the heats are in, the top 20 scores will go through to the semi finals to be held at London Coffee Festival, 27-29th April, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.These will be whittled down to the final 6 for the following day's final.
Pumphreys would like to thank everyone for all of their help hosting this regional heat and we are very much looking forward to next year and wish Stuart Lee Archer all the best and fingers crossed he has enough points to be entered into the finals!
The hashtag on Twitter for this event was #ukbcht3
Follow @ukbc of twitter to keep up to date on the forthcoming championship
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