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E-Newsletter - SCAA pours Best New Product Awards, Barista champ honored

April 21, 2006


CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Five companies took home Best New Product Awards in five categories at the Specialty Coffee Association's Expo held here April 8-10.

Bellisimo Coffee Information Group, Portland, Ore., was honored in the Education category for its Advanced Barista Techniques DVD; Mighty Leaf Tea Co., San Rafael, Calif., was awarded best Packaging for its Biodegradable Natural Tea Pouches; The Coffee Equipment Co., Seattle, won in the Coffee Preparation Equipment category for its Clover 1; Monin Gourmet Flavorings, Clearwater, Fla., was honored in the Specialty Beverage category for its Sticky Toffee Steamer; and Torani / R. Torre & Co., San Francisco, Basil Pure Flavor and Cilantro Pure Flavor won in the Food category.

In related news, the winner of the 2006 U.S. Barista Championships held at the SCAA Expo was Matt Riddle of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, Chicago. Riddle competed against 50 other baristas from across the country. Seven USBC-certified judges, including one head judge, two technical judges and four sensory judges, evaluated each of the competitors on station cleanliness, taste, beverage presentation, technical skills and total impression.

Riddle received a trophy, $1,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to the 7th Annual World Barista Championship in Berne, Switzerland May 19-21. All competitors received the latest home espresso machine from Krups, the XP 4050.