A HUDDERSFIELD man has been hailed as Britain’s coffee king.
Matthew Roberts of Caffè Ritazza, based at the town’s railway station, was crowned UK Barista Champion at the 2010 SSP UK National Barista Championships.
The competition, held in London, was staged by travel caterer SSP UK to recognise and celebrate the improving quality of coffee supplied to cafes and restaurants based at railway stations, bus stations and airports.
Matthew was among eight fianlists seeking to impress a panel of expert judges by producing four espresso, four cappuccinos and a signature drink to industry expert standards within 15 minutes. Each beverage was marked on technical ability, presentation, consistency and taste.
After wowing the audience with his flawless delivery and drinks, quiet confidence and Northern charm, Matthew’s creativity and knowledge shone through when he presented his speciality coffee, the Chilli Mocha.
He collected his prize of a weekend away and £500 spending money from SSP UK chief executive Tony Keating.
Said Matthew: “I’m so happy to have won the title. I am passionate about what I do and it is a great achievement to be recognised for this.
“I feel a great sense of pride and am looking forward to representing Huddersfield and the UK in the Caffè Ritazza World Championships and representing SSP UK in the national UK Barista Championships 2011.”
Chief organiser and SSP UK national coffee champion Graziano Moroni said: “The skills that Matthew has displayed from start to finish have been exceptional.”