If you are used to a barista that takes ten minutes to fulfill your coffee needs each morning then thought of one whipping up 12 drinks in the space of 15 minutes might seem far-fetched, but that’s exactly what the coffee experts competing at the World Barista Championships in Seoul, Korea are aiming for, and Niall Wynn, of Proper Order Coffee Co, is one of them.
The championships which get underway today will see baristas from 60 countries competing for the title of World Barista Champion 2017.
Niall, 28, who owns and runs Proper Order Coffee Co in Smithfield, Dublin 7, won the Irish title in February and will take to the stage in Soeul today for the first round of the competition.The task? Over the course of fifteen minutes Niall and his fellow competitors must prepare four espressos, four espresso and milk beverages, and four signature drinks.
This is made all the more difficult by the fact that they must as the same time talk the judges through their coffee bean selection, flavour profiles, and their signature drink.
The top 16 baristas who impress on their first attempt will go forward to Saturday’s semi-final, six of which will be chosen to go onto to Sunday’s final.
For his signature drink Niall will present to the judges his ‘Liquid Velvet,’ a mixture of espresso, lemon verbena oil, and honey which are emulsified before being presented in a sherry glass.
Niall has specially sourced Finca Imaculada coffee beans for the competition which are harvested from a small plot in Columbia and roasted by April Coffee Roasters in Copenhagen.
His skills are just one of the reasons Proper Order Coffee has become such a success since opening last year, and fans will be delighted to learn that Niall plans to open a second branch next year.
Together with his wife Ali, who is a barista at the Fumbally, there are also plans to establish a coffee training academy which will be aimed at the general public.
To follow Niall’s progress visit worldbaristachampionship.org where the championships are being streamed live.