Who makes the best cup of coffee in Ireland? The results are in...

Bewley’s barista trainer wins Irish coffee championship

Wojciech Tysler, Irish Barista Champion 2019, performing for the judges at the final which took place at Catex, at the RDS.

Wojciech Tysler, Irish Barista Champion 2019, performing for the judges at the final which took place at Catex, at the RDS.

 

Wojciech Tysler is the Avonmore Irish Barista Champion for 2019 and will go on to represent Ireland at the World Barista Championships in Boston in April. Tysler works at Bewley’s headquarters, where he is a barista trainer.

The finalists in the competition each had 15 minutes to make four espresso coffees, four cappuccinos and four speciality drinks made with coffee and other ingredients, excluding alcohol.

The competition was organised by the Speciality Coffee Association (Ireland) and took place at Catex, a food and hospitality industry event at the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Tysler was the third of six competitors to take the stage in the final, and his performance was marked by four sensory judges, assessing the taste and sensory aspects of the beverages, and two technical judges, giving marks for consistency and accuracy of barista skills.

Damian Marshall, national co-ordinator for the SCA (Ireland), said: “Every year the performance and level of competition increases and this year has been no different, with the introduction of some amazing single origin espressos.”

He also commented on the creativity seen in the speciality drinks. The winner’s speciality featured mango purée, Earl Grey cold brew tea with a dash of cold frothed milk, mixed with cold espresso.

“As well as wowing the judging panel with his beverages, Tysler brought a level of customer focus to his performance, showing the judges that the coffee industry is shifting towards the importance of interacting with the customer,” Marshall added.

National Latte Art champion Renata Khedun.
National Latte Art champion Renata Khedun.

Tysler, who is originally from Poland and has been in Ireland for 14 years, has been training baristas for nine years. “After five years of competing, finally my dream has come true,” he said. He has been practising for the competition several times a week for the past three months. His chosen coffee, Cerro Axul, came from a farm in Colombia.

Renata Khedun is the 2019 Avonmore National Latte Art champion, and will represent Ireland at the world championships in Berlin in June.

Competitors in this category had 10 minutes to produce three pairs of visually identical latte art beverages. These were assessed by two visual judges, who marked on the creativity, complexity and similarity of each pair, and one technical skills judge.

“A steady hand and calm nerves are always required from latte art competitors,” Marshall said. “This year’s winner amazed the judges with her three creations of a flying witch on a broom, a crow in a forest, and a cat sitting at a cauldron.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.