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Vancouver, BC/Toronto, ON (February, 2005) -- The battle for coveted title of The Best Barista in the West – the first annual Western Region Canadian Barista Championship -- will take place March 7 and 8, 2005 at The Foodservice Expo, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC.

The event celebrates the skills of the barista; the consummate artist of the espresso machine. In competition, baristi have 15 minutes to prepare four servings each of espresso, cappuccino and a signature drink of their own invention.

In addition, Canada’s most popular foodservice beverages, coffee and tea, will be the focus of educational seminars offered on-site at The Foodservice Expo in Vancouver. Profiting from a beverage menu, coffee and tea tastings, and proper beverage preparation are among the topics that will be covered. The newly-launched Canadian Barista and Coffee Academy will present latte art, espresso and barista training courses on March 5, 2005 at Canterbury Coffee facility.

“We expect this event to draw large crowds and provide the audience with an opportunity to learn about the high level of skill it takes to make a proper espresso beverage,” says event organizer, Vida Radovanovic. “There is sure to be some added excitement when World Barista Silver Medalist and two-time Canadian Champion, Sammy Piccolo takes to the stage.”

Piccolo and his brother Vince own and operate Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver. This past June, Sammy captured his second Canadian title at the Canadian Coffee & Tea Expo in Vancouver; going on to place 2nd at the Fifth Annual World Barista Championship in Trieste, Italy. Piccolo beat out top contenders from 37 nations. He is also the current World Latte Art champion.

Competitors are assessed by a panel of judges who have undergone rigorous training themselves. Judges compare both tasting and technical elements. They look at everything from how the competitors grind and press the coffee; extraction; cleanliness of the workstation; presentation; and taste. Finally, they evaluate the barista's performance, which often includes running commentary, a cool composure and even specially-selected background music.

As the premier regional competition in Canada, organizers are encouraging baristi from cafes and restaurants to enter. It is open to both novices and seasoned operators alike, and some fabulous prizes are available to be won.

The Western Region Canadian Barista Champion will win a trip to the 3rd annual National Canadian Barista Championship and automatically place in the semi final round of the event. This national championship will be held in Toronto at the Holiday Inn on King, June 13 and 14, 2005 in conjunction with the Canadian Coffee & Tea Expo, Canada’s leading trade show and educational forum for the coffee and tea industries.

The Canadian Barista Championship is endorsed by the Coffee Association of Canada and World Barista Championship (WBC). The 2005 Western Region Canadian Barista Competition is sponsored by Saeco, Oscars Syrups/Kerry Group Foodservice and Canterbury Coffee

To register and for further information visit www.canadianbaristachampionship.com; call 416-784-5210 or email info@coffee-expo.com.

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