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Canadian Coffee & Tea Expo 2010 Day 2
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: September 26, 2010
Article rating: 8.7
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Canadian Barista Championships
Posted by Mark Prince, 3:20pm Permalink to this blog entry

Well suffice to say, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Rob Kettner, of Fernwood Coffee Roasters in Victoria, BC, is the new 2010 Canadian National Barista Champion. Kettner's competition setup and round was quite spectacular, and featured a tasting flight for the signature round to show judges how coffee reacts and tastes in different brewing methods and at different levels of acidity.

I had a chance to speak with Fernwood's roaster, Ben Cramm about Kettner's competition and the philosophy behind their game plan.

"I took the Willem Boot Roasting Course and did a ton of profile roasting, "Cramm said. "We really started playing with different roast profiles and what it could do to flavours, and the natural progression for our competition was just trying to think outside of the box - we wanted three profiles and wanted a way to showcase each."

"Sweet was our espresso; the acidic profile was done as a pourover which we turned into a foam, and our bitter was done as a cold brew." Cramm said. "The cold brew we used a tonic with to accent the bitterness, the acidic was a lemon tart tweaked a little more on the tart side. All three were presented to the judges as a drink flight to taste the potentials of coffee."

The presentation was well received by the judges, and where Kettner went 50 seconds overtime in his first round (and still made the finals) he was within time in his finals. The entire finals round is in the recorded stream below:

2010canadianbaristachampionships on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Kettner's victory is bittersweet. He found out right after he finished his round that his grandmother had passed away and he was very emotional about it. He had to wait out the announcement with this news hanging over him, and he put on a brave face as much as possible.

When it came down to the final two, Kettner and Ben Put from Phil and Sebastian Coffee, the emotions were high, and when the winner was announced, the place exploded. The crowd absolutely loved the choice of winner.

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Finalists Waiting
The Finalists all waiting for the winners' announcement.
Organizers
From Left to Right - Krups Representative (apologies for not getting her name), Vida Radanovich, Andrew Legg (emcee), Andrea Piccolo (head judge), Ian Clark (head judge).
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6th Place, Phil Hong
Hong's from Caffe Artigiano.
Fifth Place, Cheryl Wright
Cheryl's also from Caffe Artigiano
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Fourth Place, Jeremy Ho
Jeremy represented Phil & Sebastian Coffee
Finding out...
Rob Kettner and Ben Put find out they are the final two...
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Joel May, Third Place
Joel's from Fratello Coffee
Finding Out
The moment Rob Kettner found out he won.
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Big Hugs
Rob Kettner getting congratulations from Ben Put. Ben's from Phil & Sebastian Coffee
A Lot of Emotion
Much emotion on Kettner's face as he addresses the crowd as the 2010 CNBC Champion.
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Passing the Torch
Kettner gets his trophy from Kyle Straw, the 2009 CNBC champion.
Big Cheers
Kettner hoists his trophy for the crowd. He is the first winner outside of Vancouver to represent Canada at the World Barista Championships.
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Big Ups
Kettner gets a huge hug from the "Mr. Congeniality" winner of the competition, Logan Gray of Discovery Coffee. The community in Victoria is rock solid, and shown in this picture.
All the Competitors
All the competitors in a group photo.
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The Top Six!
Team Fernwood
The team from Fernwood Roasters who made this championship possible.
Article rating: 8.7
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: September 26, 2010
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