Coffee Angel Champion Does the Double!
We are delighted to announce and extend our congratulations to Colin Harmon - Coffee Angel's Operations Manager (and former Mutual Funds Manager) - on his victory at the 2009 Avonmore Irish Barista Championship held in the RDS on Wednesday.
Colin (27) saw off the challenge of 17 other dedicated and talented Irish baristas to be crowned the Best in Ireland. Colin displayed incredible skill and grace under pressure in the finals (having to overcome significant equipment issues), to impress a panel of seven international judges... including the current World Barista Champion, Stephen Morrissey.
Not only was Colin crowned the Best Barista in Ireland, he also received the award for the 'Best Espresso' of the competition - a two bean blend from Fazenda Passeio in Brasil and an Indonesian Sulawesi Kalosi.
This superb coffee was created by Colin and roasted by Russell Bailie of Bailies Coffee Company in Belfast. Both Colin and Coffe Angel have agreed, starting next week, to sell what remains of this superb espresso - both online and from their units in the Dublin Docklands - with 100% of the profits going to a children's charity of Colin's choosing (Edit 16/02/09: Colin has chosen Barnardos). Please see Colin's blog for further details.
Colin will now be representing Ireland at the 2009 World Barista Championship in Atlanta, USA in April.
This is only Coffee Angel's second entry into this highly-charged competition and our second barista championship win - showing that a passionate dedication to quality and craft can and will be rewarded.
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