We woke up painfully early today—6 a.m.—to depart from our magical huts in the wilderness, for an exciting day back in Reykjavik: the traditional “public day”
Just got an email from my mom saying I should identify the fact that it is indeed me — Sarah Allen — and Ken Olson, editor and publisher respectively of Barista Magazine, who are writing this blog account of the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup.
So the second half of the day today was spent at a pool nearby where our huts and cabins are. And yes, there was a theme, as you can probably guess from the above image.
This place is SO lovely, so deep in the woods, but we are hardly roughing it: the cabins we’re staying in today for our second night are absolutely beautiful, with hot tubs and a bar, of course!
Now that’s a competition! The back to the basics theme really got things started this morning with a very cool competition unlike any I’ve ever seen. And in an interesting twist, the attendees joined the teams in the challenge: build a primitive roaster and grinder, and roast and grind coffee.
It’s a special treat to have Susie Spindler of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and the Cup of Excellence (CoE) here in Iceland.
So a few things have happened since last we posted. Following the longstanding Icelandic tradition of a spontaneous afternoon dance party
We’re not just being crazy and having fun here in Iceland—well, not all the time. We’re doing a lot of learning, as well.
The first real team challenge of the 2009 NBC just concluded. Each team was required to give a 10-minute presentation on a coffee growing region of this year’s focus country, Costa Rica.