The world’s most talented Baristas converged in Colombo last week to showcase their skills at one of the most prestigious events in its field – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf World Barista Competition 2016.

Hosted in Sri Lanka for the very first time, the event drew over 100 competitors from 21 nations. Organised in line with Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) rules – the world’s foremost authority on coffee and the largest coffee trade association globally – competitors will be given just 15 minutes to brew and serve three types of espresso based coffee drinks – an espresso, a cappuccino, and a ‘signature’ drink, to a panel of sensory and technical judges, translating to four of each type of drink simultaneously or a total of 12 drinks.

Minister of Tourism John Amaratunga was present to officially open the event on together with the COO of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Asia Pacific, Eric Foo.

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