A lot of baristas who enter competitions are pretty active online (myself included) and yet very rarely do you see a post or article about practising for barista competition. One of the reasons I don’t post about it much is that, to be honest, I hate the practise part. I find it not only deathly boring but also a little stressful. I much prefer being on stage and doing it. I made a lot of cappuccinos today, though it is nice when you change something and it works out to have improved things.
I guess another reason we don’t post much is that we don’t want to give anything away. (My god! Is he using brown cups!?!) I felt this very much last year, but then I guess I had something that was visually striking that I didn’t want to reveal too soon. This year is a bit different for me. My blend isn’t yet sorted, my sig drink doesn’t require me wearing safety specs and a lab coat and I guess my reasons for competing have changed.
Some blend testing tomorrow – which I am looking forward to. I think the coffee will remain my favourite reason to compete, as (unlike most competition baristas) I rarely get to serve anyone my cup of coffee – the espresso that I enjoy. Something I wish I could do more.[tags]barista, barista competition, espresso, cappuccino, latte art[/tags]