York barista fourth in world coffee-making contest

York Press: Dan Fellows with his Irish coffee Dan Fellows with his Irish coffee

A YOUNG barista from York has come fourth in a world coffee-making championship.

Dan Fellows, 22, of Bishopthorpe, achieved renown in the World Coffee In Good Spirits contest held in Seoul, South Korea, creating two signature beverages and two Irish coffees. He served an espresso with Shiraz cocktail to the judges and for his Irish coffee course, he used Origin coffee, a secret ingredient, whiskey and cane sugar syrup.

The University of York first-year management student competed against 17 other countries from across the globe in Korea.

His coffee-making credentials come from managing a bar called The Hub in St Ives for almost a year and he is currently a representative for coffee company Origin. He said he was delighted he did so well in the contest.

Dan said: “On stage, I presented my first drinks successfully but had slight technical difficulties with my Irish coffee course. Despite this, it was announced that I had placed fourth in the world – a result I was very happy with.

“Throughout the week, I developed greatly and feel privileged to have represented the UK in such a great competition. I hope to use what I have learned moving forward and improve when performing in future events. We celebrated by going to Gangnam, but I won’t say if I did the dance!”

Dan works at The Attic bar, above Harlequins Cafe in King’s Square, York, which last year won the Beverage Standards Association’s award for best espresso in the UK – and was one of only six venues in the entire country to get the organisation’s top rating.

Owner Gordon Howell said he is proud of Dan’s achievement. He said: “It’s great news for Dan that his skills have been recognised in this way.”

The World Coffee in Good Spirits championship challenges baristas and bar staff to showcase coffee and spirits from the traditional Irish coffee with whiskey to cocktail combinations.

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12:03pm Sat 24 Nov 12

eeoodares says...

Well done, very impressive!
Well done, very impressive! eeoodares

2:12pm Sat 24 Nov 12

clockwatcher says...

I will be in to sample an Irish later today, and if in lucky I'll have a mojito. Well done, Dan
I will be in to sample an Irish later today, and if in lucky I'll have a mojito. Well done, Dan clockwatcher

5:20pm Sat 24 Nov 12

dodgydavereturns says...

What kind of Barista is he? Does he do commercial or criminal law?
What kind of Barista is he? Does he do commercial or criminal law? dodgydavereturns

10:12pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Lord Muck says...

Well done Dan, a kindred spirit, the good lady tells me I make a lovely cuppa. Without wishing to blow my own bugle the way I arrange a plate of accompanying pink wafers would see off any competition. Where's the prize table?
Well done Dan, a kindred spirit, the good lady tells me I make a lovely cuppa. Without wishing to blow my own bugle the way I arrange a plate of accompanying pink wafers would see off any competition. Where's the prize table? Lord Muck

1:38pm Sun 25 Nov 12

fear your government says...

i prefer tea .
i find coffee ,any coffee, just to bitter.
i prefer tea . i find coffee ,any coffee, just to bitter. fear your government

4:01pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Clickclick says...

fear your government wrote:
i prefer tea .
i find coffee ,any coffee, just to bitter.
Cool story bro
[quote][p][bold]fear your government[/bold] wrote: i prefer tea . i find coffee ,any coffee, just to bitter.[/p][/quote]Cool story bro Clickclick

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