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Baristas Set to Showcase their Coffee Passion

7 April 2006

Wild Bean Cafe Baristas Set to Showcase their Coffee Passion

BP Connect announced today details of the 2006 Wild Bean Cafe Barista Awards, showcasing the coffee-making skills of Wild Bean Cafe Baristas across the country.

During the competition Baristas from each of the 59 Wild Bean Cafe locations, vie for the Wild Bean Cafe National Barista crown, as well as the opportunity to enter the 2006 Robert Harris Barista Awards.

Scot Graham, Wild Bean Cafe Category Manager, says the Wild Bean Cafe Barista Awards are a chance for their baristas to apply their training in a competition environment.

“New Zealand serves some of the finest coffee in the world and New Zealanders can be assured of getting a great cup of coffee on the move at Wild Bean Cafes. BP Connect sees the Barista competition as a celebration of the great coffee their Wild Bean Cafes are known for serving.”

Judging at each of the sites has already begun and will be taking place across New Zealand over the next six weeks.

Wild Bean Cafe sites have the opportunity to enter up to three of their top baristas into the competition. The 12 finalists will consist of five regional winners, the next five best scores and two judges wildcards.

They will compete at the Wild Bean Cafe Barista Final at Villa Maria Estate on June 20.

The winner will take home a trophy as the best Wild Bean Cafe Barista, $1500 in cash and have the chance to compete in the Robert Harris Barista Awards.

“Our baristas pride themselves on their ability to consistently provide our customers with the highest quality coffee. Every week there are tens of thousands of cups of premium coffee made at Wild Bean Cafe’s across the country, so our staff definitely know how to make a great coffee.” said Graham.

Judges for this year’s competition are Scot Graham, Cherie Fraser from Cerebos and Michael Guy from Cafe Magazine. - ends –
Note to Editors The winner of the Wild Bean Cafe Barista of the Year 2005 was Karla Trass of BP Connect Dairyflat. 2. The 12 finalists will be named on May 19.

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