Last Friday, we held our first ever latte competition here at the Buena Vista Roastery, and what a fun night it was! Â 3 judges, 5 competitors (our entire team at the Roastery), 20 lattes.. 1 winner. Â There were 4 categories – temperature, taste, latte art, and time – and each competitor had 10 minutes to make 4 lattes, presenting their best 3 to the judges. Â The competition was stiff, but Chris won by just 2 points, with Joel and Brad right behind her, and Amy and Shawnelle right behind them.
There is more buzz (no pun intended) than ever around coffee in the U.S. right now, and we at the Roastery are trying to bring some of that excitement to our little valley in the Rocky Mountains. Â These barista competitions are the perfect way to both educate our customers (this is what a good latte should look/taste like :-), and motivate our baristas to step up their game. Â The competitors last Friday were all from the Roastery, but we’ve decided that the next comp should be opened up to all the baristas in the valley. Â That way, everyone has a chance to strut their stuff, and maybe we’ll all become better baristas in the process!
Anyway… here’s a little video that Glenn Walton made of the night… enjoy!