Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Field Trip To Candaian Barista Championship

Discovery Coffee closed up shop this weekend for a trip to Vancouver for the CBC. Having never gone to a competition before, I was very excited and assumed it would be an event built for baristas. I was, however, a little disapointed by the lack of technical tools and toys for the serious barista. My hopes in discovering brilliant milk pitchers, innovative steam wand tips and gruesome grinders were replaced by generic teas and those flavored syrups that add sweet lies to any great shot of espresso. Needless to say, I spent the majority of time observing the competition aspect of the show. Having Sam Jones, one of the owners of Discovery Coffee, as a judge allowed for a real behind the scenes perspective. All the competitors were very professional including Kat, the only competitor from Victoria. I wandered through the show sporting one of our new Discovery shirts which recieved many a compliment. This was good as many a blood, sweat and tear was spent on the design of this marvellous shirt.
If any one else attended the convention in Vancouver and has any comments to add we would love to hear from you. I say "we" here as we have a new fantastic employee, Jaelithe aka the Producer aka Speilburg. Welcome to the Discovery family.


Z.R said...

The shortage of gadgetry was really least they made up for it with a "steep-off" though, I know i'll never drink tea the same way again (or ever for that matter). Very impressed with the Portafilter pour- what will be next?

P.S. It turns out that the deep frier doesn't actually come with the ship, I have to buy that seperately....Always trying to get you with the extras eh.

Discovery Coffee said...

Damn it Zach I have 10,000 people meeting me in the inner harbour tommorow and we need chicken wings!