Cliff Hansen, head Coffee Roaster at the Preston St. Roastery and Stephane Laurence, barista at the Preston St. Coffeehouse, are competing this weekend at the Canadian National Barista Competition in Vancouver, BC! The event is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre with the first round of 16 barista competing on Sunday, October 20th and the top 6 competing in the final round on Monday, October 21st.
Baristas in this competition have 15 minutes to prepare for each of four sensory judges an espresso, cappuccino and creative signature drink of their own design. They are judged on their technical proficiency, professionalism, customer service skills and, of course, the taste balance of their drinks.
We will be streaming the competition live at the Roastery at 130 Anderson off Preston on Sunday and Monday. Stephane will be competing at around 2:30 PM and Cliff at around 4:15pm.
The competition can be watched live at tinyurl.com/canadianbarista