Creations in coffee
City barista Kaushik Aich won a bronze in the recent India Barista Championship held at Bangalore.
WINNING TEAM: Baristas display their trophies.
FROM A typical wake up cuppa that cheers you up to a lifestyle mug of frappe, coffee has gone hip in the country. The recent national barista championship is proof of the fact.
All noted names in the contemporary chic coffee world got together at Taj Westend, Bangalore for the finals of the India Barista Championship organised by Speciality Coffee Association of India (SCAI) on February 8.
Baristas from the various chains whipped up espressos, cappuccinos and signature drinks that were judged by a team that comprised experts from Norway, Italy and United Kingdom.
Hyderabad's own Kaushik Aich, from Café Coffee Day, S.P.Road participated in the contest and bagged the Bronze Award for his signature coffee `Kera Cremo'- a coconut flavoured espresso with cream.
A hotel management student with two and a half years of training in the coffee business, he says, "we were judged on the parameters of novelty, presentation, service and speed. We had to make four espressos, cappuccinos and a signature coffee drink in 15 minutes and present them artistically. It was a good exposure as also the experience working with baristas from different parts of the country."
The countdown began when 22 baristas were chosen from across the country for the quarterfinals held on February 5, of which 12 were selected for the semi-finals on February 7. Topping the six finalists, Vikram Khurana, from Café Coffee Day Bangalore won the judges with `Coorg Sunset'-a triple layered signature coffee with orange flavour, espresso and cream.
This is the second consecutive award for Vikram who represented India in the World Barista Championship, Oslo where he bagged silver, after winning the India Barista Championship last year.
CUPPA CHEER: Kaushik Aich brews a signature coffee.
"This year the championship was organised in a big way by SCAI," says Kaushik. Speciality Coffee Association of India is a non-profit organisation promoted by speciality coffee growers.
Its main objective is to promote the concept and developing of special and speciality coffee in India.
And back in the twin cities with the laurel, Kaushik is looking forward for the numero uno position in the next championship.
A mocha to that. The coffee aficionados in the twin cities raise a toast on his success.
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