March 15, 2012
Ricardo Azofeifa Mora, who works for ICAFE, became the National Barista Bi-champion last weekend at the Multiplaza del Este Shopping Center, where he faced five experienced baristas; some of those had participated in the championship the previous year.
Azofeifa will represent Costa Ricain the World Barista Championship (www.worldbaristachampionship.com) to be held from June 12th to the 15th inVienna,Austria.
In the previous edition of the Annual Barista World Championship in 2011 inBogotaColombia, he was able to place 11th from among 53 baristas representing different coffee producing and consumer countries.
In this contest, all the competitors had to make espressos, cappuccinos, and an original recipe for four tasting judges, who analyzed the drinks’ features. In addition, two technical judges evaluated their performance at the work station.
José Arreola served as the Head Judge. Mr. Arreola is a representative of the World Barista Championship (WBC), who acknowledged the increase in the Costa Rican baristas’ knowledge and performance level over the last four years. Mr. Arreola was also Head Judge in the World Barista Championship last year inColombia.
He triumphed for his espressos and due to their features and aromatic floral and lime flavorings.Ricardo Azofeifa used coffee from theCentral Valley region, grown at1,200 meters above sea level.
The Original Beverage
For the original drink, he used a fusion of coffee gel honeys and other preparation with coffee flowers. In addition, he used simple syrup aromatized with coffee and lime flowers. The beverage was served in a brandy glass for better capture and sense of the aroma.
In Azofeifa’s opinion, one of the highest points of the event was the called Amateur Barista Competition, where several enthusiastic baristas showed their skills. “This provides motivation and paves the way for new barista competitors to make an appearance,” Ricardo said.
Second place was held by José Martín Páez Carrera from the Don Mayo Cafeteria Project; Josué Hernández from Cafetería Appetit in Cartago took third place; while fourth place went to Ricardo Avendaño from the Keclis Corporation. The performances by Elvis Monestel and Ramón Alberto Campos from the Tree House Restaurant, in Monteverde, Puntarenas, led them to the fifth and sixth places, respectively.
The attendees expressed their satisfaction over the magnificent organization involved in the event, which had the honor to be hosted by Alejandro Méndez, the 2011 World Barista Champion. In addition, the Italian National Champion, Francesco Sanapo, was there showing his barista skills.
The Costa Rica Barista Championship organization was handled by the Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica, with the sponsorship of the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica, Banco Nacional of Costa Rica, McCafe, Café Britt, La Máquina del Café, Café Sánchez, Cercone Cafés and Da Vinci.
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