A Bedford Barista is officially the best barista in the East of England region after winning Costa’s Barista of the Year 2013 regional heat.
Simon Mardon created espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, flat white coffees and his own speciality drink, a Bakewell cappucino to wow the judges and win the East of England heat on September 5.
Simon will now compete against other regional finalist winners in the Champion of Champion Finals in London next month in a bid to be crowned the best Costa Barista in the world.
The 26-year-old Barista from Bedford, who has worked in the Silver Street Costa Coffee in Bedford for the past three-and-a-half years, not only demonstrated his coffee making skills on creating a variety of perfect coffees, but he also created his own drink.
Simon invented the smooth cake-testing Bakewell cappuccino, inspired by Simon’s passion and love of Bakewell tart.
He said: “It was amazing to win the East of England regional heat as I was up against some of the best and most talented coffee makers in the region.
“To get this far is great, but to now have the chance to compete for the title of the best Costa Barista in the world is brilliant, and also very exciting.
“We make great coffees in the Silver Street Costa Coffee every day and winning this regional heat bears testament to that.
“Some of our customers helped me to perfect my Bakewell Cappucino by being tasters and giving me their feedback, so this win is for them and also for the rest of our team at the branch.”
The Champion of Champions Finals will be held at Vinopolis in London on September 23.
If Simon Mardon is crowned the champion he will win a ten-day trip for two with spending money to a country of his choice with a Costa connection.