HOPEFUL barista champions gathered at the Abode Hotel in Chester practising for the North West Regional Championships which will take place this year at the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival.
Barista event organiser Steve Kelsey, of Chester-based Café Trade, was delighted the UK office of The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe has been enticed north and the food festival was the ideal place to stage this prestigious title knock out.
He said: “I approached the festival with the idea that we could land this important championship and they agreed that with the focus on food and drink over Easter it would be a perfect time to stage it.
“Coffee has become a way of life and Chester has some of the best places to relax, talk and run your business from, so the recognition of the national body that Chester is a natural home for an event of this type was a real boost for the city’s baristas.”
Abode general manager Christophe Hesbert was delighted the contestants from across the UK had gathered at his hotel to practice and be briefed.
“At Abode we pride ourselves on providing the very best food and drink experiences and coffee these days is definitely one of those.
“Seeing the best baristas from across the UK work their magic in our bar today was a real joy and I know that the standard of coffee making across the city will get higher and higher as these championships carry on.”
The North West Regional Championships will be held at Chester Racecourse on March 31 and April 1 with the winner being crowned after judges make their decision on the Easter Monday at the food and drink festival.
For more information about the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival or to vote for your favourite Chester coffee shop in the annual awards, go to www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk.
Tickets are discounted by 25% if you book online and children under 12 are free.