Norwich baristas impress judges at Norfolk’s first coffee festival

Baristas went barmy for beans on Saturday as the fine art of coffee making came to the city.

Norwich hosted Norfolk's first coffee festival alongside the regional heat of the UK Barista Championships (UKBC).

A dozen competitors attempted to wow judges at The Space on the Roundtree Way at the festival hosted by Mad About Coffee.

The baristas competed for a place in the semi-finals of the UKBC which will take place at The London Coffee Festival in April. They made four espressos, four cappuccinos and four espresso signature drinks for the six judges who scored them on their coffee knowledge, attention to detail and creativity of their signature drink.

Thomas Kittle from City College Norwich and Alex Sargeant from Strangers Coffee House in Pottergate flew the flag for the city in the heats with Mr Sargeant taking second place.


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Richard Norman, who organised the festival, said: 'We are very happy for Alex for what he has achieved. The quality of the drinks was outstanding, according to the judges. When I first proposed the idea people said, 'Norfolk is not ready for it', but we have a big city with lots of cafes and stacks of talent.'

Mr Norman, who has won a regional silver award in the barista championships previously, hopes the festival will now become an annual event.

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The festival saw businesses in the expanding coffee industry come together to ply their trade and swap ideas. Mr Norman added: 'It went gratifyingly well. I've had a lot of responses from stall holders and the general public.'

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