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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 February 2007, 13:39 GMT
Cornish barista brews up a storm
Hugo Hercod: Picture Bob Berry
The UK winner will compete in the world championship in Japan
A man from Cornwall has won a place in the national final of the 2007 UK Barista Championships.

Hugo Hercod, co-owner of Relish Food & Drink in Wadebridge, beat off his South West competitors to win the regional qualifying heat.

Barista is the name given to a barman specialising in coffee.

The 37-year-old's winning formula included his own specially-designed drink using Ugandan vanilla pods and frothed up organic Cornish milk.

Mr Hercod will now go on to compete in the national final at the International Food Exhibition in London on Sunday 18 March.

Attention to detail

Mr Hercod described the competition as a challenging experience.

"Last year I wasn't a practising barista and entering the competition was a complete punt, but I managed to get through to the national finals," he said.

"I'm now making up to 1,000 coffees a week at Relish, so I think that gave me a real advantage this time around."

Competitors have to serve up four espressos, four cappuccinos and four special drinks in 15 minutes.

Points are awarded for taste, texture, presentation, professional dedication, attention to detail, and the general speed and efficiency with which the barista conducts their preparations.

The overall UK winner will travel to Japan in the summer for the world Barista championships in Japan this summer.


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