Barista battle

Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

Northeast News
January 23, 2013 

Nearly 40 competitors from across the U.S. battle it out at the Big Central Regional Barista Competition Jan. 18-20 at The Guild KC, Kansas City, Mo. Each barista had to expertly prepare and serve four espressos, four cappuccinos and four signature espresso-based beverages in 15 minutes or less. Going over the 15-minute time limit resulted in penalties. Judges included four sensory judges, two technical judges and one head judge. Winners will move on to the national competition in Boston, Mass., in April. Pictured top to bottom: Sensory judges tally up the scores; Jackie Schrader, a first time competitor from Indiana, serves up a tasty cappuccino; Charlie Habegger of Chicago, Ill., adds some decorative touches for his signature drink; Scott Lucey of Milwaukee, Wis., details his signature drink, which features water infused with dates, cherries and grapefruit and a little espresso. Photos by Leslie Collins