Scottie Callaghan has completed his preparation, is packing his gear, and flies to London tomorrow. Next Wednesday at 3:52pm (GMT), Scottie will be representing Australia in the 2010 World Barista Championships at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, Earls Court, London.
I’ve been fortunate to be one of the many people who have helped Scottie refine his presentation. It’s been a privilege watching Scottie rehearse, and I’ve enjoyed tasting the mighty fine coffee he’s using for competition.
Paul Geshos (Mecca Coffee) is roasting his competition coffee and, along with everyone else, is determined to have Scottie serve up the tastiest coffees and be the outstanding Ambassador for Specialty Coffee that he is.
It’s also been great getting to know Scottie.
Like so many people in the Australian coffee industry, he’s very generous of himself and his time. He’s incredibly humble, so I’ll spare all of the conversations we’ve had, but I’ve picked up some great tips for Barista Competition along the way.
I’m leaving for London this weekend, and I can’t wait to be at the extraordinary event that the WBC is. It’s going to be great catching up with the people I’ve met at the WBCs in Tokyo & Copenhagen, and supporting the other Australians competing in the other Specialty Coffee competitions being held alongside the World Barista Championship.
My colleague, Mitch Faulkiner is competing in the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship, Will Priestly is competing in the World Latte Art Championship, Jonny Pisanelli is competing in the World Cup Tasting Championship, and Rob Forsyth is competing in the World Ibrik Championship.
You’ll be able to follow the action live, so check the WBC web site for video streaming details.
I’ll be updating my Flikr stream with photos of Scottie’s preparation, and action from London when I can, so stay tuned.