Colin aimed high with his performance here in Vienna, and by aiming high, I mean breaking everything down to the bare bones, and reinventing what a baristacompetition performance, and thusly, a cafe service experience, should be.
Have you ever seen a barista competitor spend the final 2.5 minutes of his/her performance time talking to the judges about humanity and being kind to others, through service, through coffee? I hadn’t—until today.
With a performance that was playful, but with a very serious message, Colin charmed in his Colin way.
Since he left things so simple, I will too: the coffee had tastes of dark chocolate, malt and pistascio. He played Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. He had a cartoon, and he showed the judges pictures of teddy bears to illustrate the color of his coffee. It was simply divine.