Espresso Italiano Champion Crowned

Filippo Mezzaro has been named as the 2014 Espresso Italiano Champion during a special event at Pall Mall’s Royal Automobile Club. Filippo beat 14 other baristas to win the title, with all 15 competing baristas coming from 14 Italian espresso companies and partner organisations from around the world.

IMG_1662Each barista had 11 minutes to produce four espressos and four cappuccinos, judged by a panel of technical and sensory judges. The technical judges graded the baristas on the production

of their coffees whilst the sensory judges let the coffee speak for itself.

Each barista was awarded a certificate by the vice president of INEI, Marco Paladini and the Secretary General, Luigi Odello. For the best espresso, Cristian Tetro representing Costadoro, took the title and the best cappuccino went to Alessandro Corsi, Essse Caffè.

The overall champion, creating the best espresso and cappuccinno of the day with the perfect technique, was of course Filippo Mezzaro, representing Torrefazione Saturno.

Filippo’s family life has over 40 years history in the cafe industry: “For me, coffee is first of all a passion, but managed with the proper training, it is a much higher quality.”

Filippo has always participated in courses run by the INEI and IIAC (International Institute of Coffee Tasters) and has always believed in continuing his education alongside his hard work as a barista.

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