After some much needed sleep last night, everyone is raring to go this morning, as day number one of the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup (NBC) begins! You would hardly believe it’s just 8 in the morning, as spirits are high and latte art is being poured. Here’s the scoop: while the teams are getting the low-down on the program, and the judges are getting prepped, the attendees are participating in a latte art throwdown! Granted, latte art throwdowns traditionally have taken place in evenings with beer flowing, this early morning version works quite well!
So as the latte art throwdown continues, the teams return to the main gathering space to prep their stations…
Right now, the group of teams and attendees have gathered in the lecture hall, which is across from the larger space where the activities are taking place. They are learning about Costa Rican coffee from Flori Marin of Maercanta, and FranÃ§ois Castells of Costa Rica. The reason for the focus? Csta Rica is the portrait country of this year’s Nordic Barista Cup! The winning team from this event will travel to Costa Rica in January to learn about the region’s fantastic and diverse coffees.
Sarah Allen (she/her) is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.