We have a new Dutch Barista Champ.
Rose van Asten won the DBC 2006 last Tuesday. And she really was the best.
No technical mistakes, a very good performance and sensorical surprises brought her the cup. Compliments for Louis Claus, owner of espressoparadise the Blund Father in Nijmegen.
He and his wife Nikki trained their four female competitors to the final and they made it to the first, second, fourth and fifth place. Only Latte art champ Michel Buis stood in their way on the third place.
This is the ranking after the final:
1. Rose van Asten
2. Liesbeth Sleijster
3. Michel Buis
4. Mandy Siemons
5. Claudi Donderwinkel
6. Anne-Jan Bakker
7. Sven Niesink
8. Tamara de Ridder
9. Stacey Tjon1
0. Paul Koppen
11. Nick Pruis
12. Wilco Admiraal
The ambition of Louis, Nikki and their bar the Blund Father is more and more similar to Café Europa in Copenhagen. With their enthousiasm, knowledge, and positive thinking, they bring us a lot of very good baristi. The judges (included international cracks as Ilan from Israel and Frouke from Mahlkonig Germany) where very optimistic about the level we have reached. Very good technical skills and a lot of well balanced espressi, cappuccini and signatures. The level of the baristi is getting better and better.
I’m very sure that Rose will be the first Dutch competitor who will reach the top ten in Bern.
Take care, Jeroen