The London regional heat for the World Barista Championship has had to be doubled in size due to a surge of interested competitors this year.

There are five regional heats where the baristas have 15 minutes to serve four espressos, which are then judged on flavour as well as the skills demonstrated in producing them. The competitors are then required to make four velvety textured cappuccinos, followed by four signature coffee drinks of their own creation.

The semi-finals will take place on 28 February at Hotelympia, and the final will be held at the same venue on 1 March 2010. It’s the first time the Championships will have taken place in London.

Last year’s UK Barista Champion, Gwilym Davies, went on to become World Champion in Atlanta.

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