Guatemala City, November 8th. 2009. The National Growers Association's, ANACAFE, officials announced yesterday that Raul Rodas was the three time winner of the Guatemala Barista Competition. Noe Castro, representing Café San Lucas and Barista Champion in 2006, and Pablo Bobadilla from &Café allocated in 2nd. and 3rd. places.
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The competition took place at ANACAFE headquarter during the third edition of Coffee Fest event that promotes local consumption of quality coffee. Christian Rasch, president of the Association, thanked attendees for their participation and judges for "making this competition a high level event that helps improve quality of local consumption".
Arriola recalls "six years ago, Guatemala had around 20 coffee shops while now there are around 158, which proves the interest of local in consuming quality coffee". The level of Guatemala baristas has been focusing in estates coffees, proper roasting profiles of different varieties for blends and latte art for cappuccinos. Antigua, Huehuetenango, Cobán, Acatenango and San Marcos were some of the most used regions in their blends.
To watch the winning announcement visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/competencia-guatemaleca-de-baristas