Lincoln barista in UK top 10 for coffee

A Lincoln barista and coffee shop owner has come 9th and is through to the semifinals of the UK Barista Championships 2011.

Richard Teasdale (pictured), who owns independent coffee shop Coffee Aroma, scored 552.5 points out of a possible 840.

He has also been placed second in the in the UK Finals of Coffee in Good Spirits, so will be reserve to represent the country in the World Barista Championships.

Competitors were required to create two Irish coffees and one signature “coffee cocktail” — a coffee creation containing alcohol.

Teasdale made what he calls a Black Martini, which contained freshly pulled espresso, crème de cacao and rum topped with grated white chocolate.

Teasdale entered in the South West heat of the competition, held on February 9 in Exeter.

The top 20 semifinalists from across the UK will now go through to the finals on March 15-16, where the winner will also represent the UK in the World Championships.

The Coffee Aroma team stated on their website: “Many congratulations to Richard – his incredible success in this year’s championship just goes to show that we’re doing it right!”

The barista featured in our gallery of the Midlands heat, Howard Barwick, came 7th on the scoresheet with a score of 587.5.

Photo: Coffee Aroma