UK Baristas Smash Aussie World Record at London Coffee Festival 2011
A team of more than 100 UK baristas has broken the official world record for ‘the number of espressos made in an hour’ by producing 12,003 espressos at a rate of 3.33 espresso shots per second to the amazement of London Coffee Festival attendees at 6:30pm on Saturday, 9 April.
‘The London Belle Baristas’ team, using 31 commercial espresso machines, eclipsed all previous records in the presence of Speciality Coffee Association of Europe officials and expert witnesses from the coffee industry.
The official Guinness World Record was previously held by a Polish barista team with 3,386 in March 2010 and an unofficial record was claimed by a team from Brisbane, Australia in October last year making 5,061 espressos.
On 13 June 2011, Guinness World Records verified the UK achievement.
Jeffrey Young, Managing Director of consultancy Allegra Strategies, the company behind the event said “This record is a tremendous achievement and really shows the rest of the world London’s leadership in artisan ‘Third Wave’ coffee culture. London offers best-in-class food and coffee with many visitors coming here to learn from trends in this great city”.
Taking part in the record for the London Belle Barista team were representatives from many of the leading companies across the entire coffee industry including: Costa Coffee, Union Hand-Roasted, Lavazza, La Cimbali, La Marzocco, Alpro Soya, United Coffee, Joe & The Juice, Bean About Town and a host of independent coffee shops from London and other parts of the UK.
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Over 100 baristas from around the UK took part:
Don (Eliezer) Altizo
Toana Adrian Dumitru