Yesterday, the Nordic Barista Cup travelling roadshow rolled through the north part of Nicaragua. We saw a different climate, much drier, than the other coffee producing regions of the country, and perhaps that climate difference is why so many Cup of Excellence winners come from Nueva Segovia.
The Nordic baristas did another hands-on training with some twenty farmers from the region, many of whom had never seen an espresso machine before. It took a little creativity as the location we were at had no 220 power outlets so some last-minute electrical wiring was necessary. The producers/barista trainees were very enthusiastic about the espresso world and reacted with disbelief when told that you could easily pay two dollars for what they thought was a very, very small cup of coffee!
After the training, the baristas enjoyed some beers and sun at a beautiful horse farm before beginning the long drive back to the capital city.
Here in Managua today three La Marzoccos are set-up for more barista training. The majority of the Managua baristas are working baristas and are really here to hone their skills before the upcoming national competitions. Reigning champion Salome is here as are a couple of baristas who had classes with Klaus Thomsen and Deaton Pigot two years ago at Ramacafe. It’s good to see their skills weren’t too hampered by working with Deaton. (Just kidding Deaton!)
Right now we’re going to begin an impromtu barista competition so that should be a fun time. And then tomorrow it all comes to a close as we head back to our home countries. (We’ll post more photos when we have a chance.) Adios for now.