The Big Event
The actual competition involves baristas preparing three courses of coffee – espresso, milk and a signature drink – over 15 minutes and presenting them to a panel of four judges. “During that time, I delivered a speech including my concept, information about the coffee I’d used and how I served it for each course,” Anthony explains. The judges taste each coffee and score each on quality and how well it matches the competitor’s description.
“It was an incredible experience for me to finally win. This is something I’ve dedicated a large chunk of my life to obsessing over and preparing for, so it was amazing for it to finally come into fruition.”
The benefits of competing, says Anthony, are many. Skills are perfected, contestants get to meet people in the industry, and it sets the winner up for the future. “Now that I’m World Champion, a series of opportunities have come my way, and when I start my own venture one day having this title and reputation will help it be more of a success.”