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sammy
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Posted Fri Mar 20, 2009, 12:00am
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USBC Perspectives 2009
Professionally Speaking article by Sammy Piccolo

Sammy Piccolo, Canada's four time national Barista Champion and entrant into the 2009 WBC, heads to Portland to attend the 2009 US Barista Championship.
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Posted Fri Mar 20, 2009, 9:42pm
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Sammy,
Thanks for the nice introductions to these fine baristi, many whose names I know, but whose concoctions I've yet to enjoy, yours included.
Your obvious affection for these folks, as well as an enjoyment of THEIR unique qualities shows you to be a fine person, and as a dad, I can believe your children will benefit from your generous nature.
Now to the coffee!
As a "purist" (probably because I'm incapable of whipping up exotic creations) who relishes a nice pull from my Cremina, I wonder:
Do you feel the signature drinks have become more important in the judging scheme than maybe 5 years ago?
When I do hit a cafe out of town, I always ask "who pulls the best espresso in town?"
Also, has there been an occasion at these competitions where you've felt that style won out over substance?
Rock on!

 
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Posted Sat Mar 21, 2009, 9:29am
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thanks for the Kind words! You seem like quite the musician from checking out your site! I think signature drinks have come a long way; I remember being one of the first to do an induction cooker or a drink with steps but now there's some drinks out there that are just jaw dropping like Devin's at the USBC. With  that being said the  espresso has always and even more today is by far the most important drink at the competitions.T o answer your question if style wins over substance? I'd say no; every barista to win the WBC so far has in my opinion been the right choice. When I competed I am sure I did a good job but I wasn't at the time the right person to represent coffee and I was close but no cigar when it came to the cup.

Hope that answered your question
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Posted Sat Mar 21, 2009, 10:02am
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Sammy, yes, answered.
It's good to know that your field of expertise is still about content.
In music, seems like the Taylor Swift's of the world dominate.
Occasionally you get the Jason Mraz's.
(I know I'm about to get ripped)
Sorry to take your topic OFF topic.
Interesting you also mentioned how many baristi were usuing high acidity coffee's (Guat, Colombian, etc) for thier SO's.
You'd think it would tear your eyebrows off. We home roaster's are so used to the Brazilian/Yemen/ occasional El Salvador thing.

 
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Posted Sat Mar 21, 2009, 10:27am
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I don't know if their coffees were high acidity? I didn't try them. But I trust the barista and the roaster would come together to put out the best coffee possible. I think the benefit of  using a single origin ( although I haven't) you get to focus on one farm, one coffee; it makes it easier to describe the coffee a at the same time you are doing a lot for that farm you are representing; you are almost and ambassador for the farm
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Posted Sat Mar 21, 2009, 1:41pm
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I guess that's what makes a pro roaster a pro roaster, and a pro barista....etc.
My Guat roasts are WAY too bright for an espresso shot, at least through the Cremina. Same with the Colombians I roasted.

 
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