April 30, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — canadianbarista @ 5:49 am

It’s been a few weeks now, the judges/organizers have put away their stop watches and pencils.  Competitors have gone from putting the final touches of their specialty drinks to putting sleeves on takeout cups.

Now that everyone has had a chance to digest things a little bit, it’s time for performance reviews.  Those who wish it, may sign up for an autopsy of their performances.  This can be done either via this forum, email or even video conference.  We will have at least 2 judges available via web conference.  Please email or blog your interest.

The nationals will be coming up September, so for those preparing for the big event, there is much work to be done.  I am pleased with the progress Eastern Canadian competitors have made over these last few years.  However at the nationals, the bar will be raised higher, and the routines that placed well a few weeks ago, might be overwhelmed at the nationals.

For those of you who will attend the USBC at Long Beach next week,  May 4-8,  you will see first hand the state of the barista arts south of the border.   Canada has always fared well globally, but that’s only because our 3 time national champion, Sammy Piccolo, always looked outside canada to experience the best and the brightest of the coffee world.

Bottom line, if you  plan to compete in the nationals in September, may want to step up their game.  No better time to begin planning than right now.