Jimmy and I made a trip across the pond to visit the New York Coffee Festival for Jimmy’s second appearance in the Coffee Masters.
The Coffee Masters is the fast-paced, multi-discipline global barista tournament taking place annually at the London and New York Coffee Festivals. The competitions sees some of the worlds’ best baristas compete head-to-head in a series of disciplines for the prestigious Coffee Masters title, and a $5000 cash prize. During the competition, baristas undertake seven different challenges that emulate the busy working environment of as professional barista. These disciplines are designed to test a barista’s skill, timing and presentation as they compete head-to-head in each fast paced battle.
Here are the disciplines:
Latte Art – http://www.coffeemasters.org/the-latte-art/
Order Challenge – http://www.coffeemasters.org/the-order/
Signature Drink – http://www.coffeemasters.org/the-signature-drink/
It was Jimmy’s second time competing in the prestigious competition after submitting the sequel video – The Juicy Banger Returns
Here are a list of the other baristas who took part: http://www.coffeemasters.org/new-york-2017/
We arrived in New York on the Thursday evening after a relatively smooth flight ready for the competition. A classic American breakfast at Jonny’s Luncheonette and brisk walk down 7th Avenue and a stop off at Variety Coffee Roasters led us to the Metropolitan Pavilion ready for the competitors briefing, where the competitors were introduced to the Brand New SAN REMO Opera 2.0 , and the 3TEMP: Hipster Brewer.
Jimmy was drawn out against Starbucks Seattle Reserve Barista – Pip Zebrowan and took to the stage in the 4th round. After a very confident performance including handcuffs and a Juicy Banger, Jimmy progressed through to the Quarter Finals with a record Coffee Masters score of 62.30.
Saturday morning saw us re-fuel at Stumptown Coffee at the ACE Hotel a vibrant shot of Hairbender Espresso and a Flat White. Jimmy took to the stage in the 2nd Quarter Final against Danish barista, Janis Podins from the Coffee Collective , and was narrowly pipped to the Semi Finals in an intense barista battle.
After an intense weekend of competition, the final saw independent barista Erika Lee Vonie and Polish barista champion, Agnieszka Rojewska battle it out on stage for 1.5 hours in all of the disciplines. With the coveted crown staying in the States with Brooklyn based Erika.
Jimmy finished the competition in 5th place, and was the only British barista to make it through to the quarter finals.
A huge congratulations are in order to Jimmy for being such a great ambassador for both the UK and Clifton Coffee Roasters.
The next coffee masters competition will take place in London 2018, when Jimmy hopes the complete his trilogy with ‘The Juicy Banger Forever’