2014 Central Canadian Barista Competition

The 2014 Central Canadian Barista Competition (CCBC) will be held at Propeller Coffee, 50 Wade Ave. in Toronto, on June 20 and 21, 2014. With the competition’s focus on coffee excellence it’s no surprise it was named as one of the city’s Top 10 Food Events by BlogTO.

This year’s event takes place at Propeller’s awesome new roasting facility and promises “backstage access” to the craft of roasting specialty coffee from cupping, to roasting and brewing. It is an excellent setting to get the story behind the event and a fun way to understand the many steps in the process from seed to cup.

With the support of our sponsors Zuccarini, Mavea, 8 Ounce Coffee, Mahlkonig, Reunion Island and Full Circle, the CCBC will showcase our central Canada’s talents as 20 baristas compete to qualify for the upcoming Canadian National Barista Competition in Toronto.

There’s also more than coffee at the CCBC. Take some time to enjoy a Nickel Brook beer and snack on some great food in between the competitors’ presentations. Or join in on the action and taste their signature drinks made with the new Victoria Arduino Black Eagle. This is a gorgeous Nuova Simonelli espresso machine that features a built-in gravimetric weighing system incorporated into the grate above the drip tray.

This year’s event offers guaranteed fun with killer coffee prizes, including a Baratza Encore Grinder, a selection of Aeropresses and Chemexes and even a vineyard tour at Fieldings’ Winery.

Look out for another returning fan favourite in the So Nice Soy Latte Art Contest, which be happening again in Carvalho’s Cupping Room with the competition’s first Ontario Roasters’ Coffee Cupping Seminars.

The CCBC is also excited to feature 14 of Ontario’s best coffee roasters all in one place for the seminars. They will showcase local roasters’ blends and single origin coffees from Africa, Central America and Indonesia. Did we mention that it’s free? Just tell your boss you’re going on a coffee break!

Come join in on the fun while sipping and steaming your way into the local coffee scene.  Check out the attached schedule or follow us on Twitter at @ccbctoronto for more information.