Well, somehow everything came together on the day and I came away as Irish Barista Champion 2009. To say I’m delighted is an understatement of the highest order. I have so so many people I need to thank for helping me get there so I’ll post something really soon. Right now I’m just packing my bag for a well earned rest in Rome for the weekend with my enormously patient and supportive girlfriend Yvonne.
Things are going to go a bit mental for a while I’d imagine. Coffee Angel is expanding (we recently took on a great new barista Ger to work alongside myself and Simon) and there’s a lot of training to be done for the WBC (a lot!). I feel excited/sick just thinking about it but I’ll leave that till Tuesday.
In the meantime look to www.theotherblackstuff.ie for an IBC report and the Ryan Tubridy show interview will be available here and hopefully the RTE report will pop on their site at some stage. Also, Karl has come up with a great idea to sell my IBC blend with all proceeds going to Barnardos, a really kind gesture. We hope to have it on sale next week on the van so come on down and grab a bag (we might even be able to pull a few shots of it if we get a chance).
So until next week I’m going to go collapse for a few hours then off to Roma. Thanks again to all well wishers and if I haven’t gotten back to you yet I will next week. We did it!!!!!