It’s already started: the great Irish migration. No, not to Poznan. To Vienna!
Several of the 3FE family have traveled to Vienna to represent Ireland at the World Coffee Events as well as running our own speakers event (Tamper Tantrum Live). Colin won this year’s Irish Barista Championships—his 3rd title in as many attempts—so he’ll be representing Ireland in the World Barista Championship.
He only squeaked past our Lorraine to finish 1st, leaving us absolutely delighted with a 1-2 3FE sweep this year. Colin has finished 4th in the World on two separate occassions before in Atlanta 2009 and London 2010. This year, we’re hoping for an equally impressive finish and we’ve all working really hard to give him the best chance possible.
Our Dave also managed to take away the Irish Brewers Cup title and the infamous Pigeon trophy in his first attempt last month. A pastry chef by trade, Dave now goes on to represent Ireland in the World Brewers Cup and we’ve got high hopes for him, too. C’mon the Brew Owl!!
And, last but not least, our Monika re-claimed her title as Slovak Barista Champ only a few weeks ago! Thanks to her win, we’ve got our fingers crossed for a duke-‘em-out battle between herself and Col for the ultimate win. We’ve got our fingers crossed for another 1-2-3FE sweep in either’s favour… ;)
Want to keep up with the competitions-goings-on, or maybe you’re sad you’re missing Tamper Tantrum? Everything’s being streamed live from Vienna courtesy of World Coffee Events and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. We’ll include a link as well as a time-table down at the bottom for anyone keen to get in on the action from afar.
3FE has always been heavily involved in all sorts of competitions and we see it as an excellent way to not only learn more about coffee, but also translate some of that into our every day service. Although many of the events are individual competitions, it’s very much a team effort that draws everyone together with a common goal. We’d like to thank you all for your support over the past 2 1/2 years and hopefully we’ll be able to bring back some silverware for Ireland this year. Wish us luck!
Love from Vienna,
Col, Dave, Moni, Petesy, and Jenn
Monika (Prelim Round: Tuesday 12:25 PM Irish Time)
Colin (Prelim Round: Wednesday 12:25 PM Irish Time)
Dave (Prelim Open Round: Thursday 12:05 PM Irish Time)
Stream here: http://new.livestream.com/worldcoffee
Semi-Finalists & Finalists to be announced on twitter along with competition times (keep your fingers crossed!)