Thursday, November 25, 2010

4th UNBC 2010 - Day One

Another morning breakfast at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

The 4th Annual Uganda National Barista Championship started today with a field of 22 competitors, nine judges, one emcee, a bunch of great volunteers and support people and one newly gunned head judge.

The enthusiasm amongst the baristas is shared between first-time competitors from local universities to new barista competitors and experienced competition baristas. But I'll get more into it later. There's still a bunch of work to be done before bed tonight! Not to mention getting up again early tomorrow for another round.

Tomorrow is Day Two of the preliminary round with the remaining ten baristas, then on Saturday the Finals culminates in the determination of who will represent Uganda in Bogota next June.

Enjoy the pics!

Welcome to the Uganda National Barista Championship.

Judge Michael Kijjambu.

Judge Brenda Alamyo preps the station.

Station One.

Judging Team A: Beatrice Neumbe (S), Clare Rwakatogoro (T), Brenda (T), Michael (S) and Julius Ndyanabo (S).

Listening to their reasons in Calibration.

Striking A Pose.

Barista Brothers - and Simon Waweru.

Julius sips while Faith Asaji scores.

Drinking Rachel Bahika's signature drink.

Competitors and spectators in the audience.

Team Flavour Cafe en force.

Brenda evaluates Simon Waweru's technical ability.

Judging under scrutiny of the television lights.

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