As we get closer and closer to the physical version of BCB – we are finally coming back in October – it is with immense joy that we are able to introduce some of the concepts that are going to be present at this year's BCB. In the last episode of "In Good Spirits With" we were talking about Coffee in Good Spirits Competition which is a coffee and cocktail competition. It is the first time that Bar Convent Berlin hosts a German final of Coffee and Good Spirits.
On 11 October 2021 the participants will present their skills in various disciplines and variations in front of a jury of experts on the BCB Liquid Stage. The competition is not only a scene for exciting new coffee and spirit creations, it also regularly sets new standards for the preparation and symbiosis of coffee and bar culture. It is not unlikely for the winning cocktail to become a new standard that can be found in many bars nationally and internationally.
So why do we need to talk about coffee and cocktails – and coffee as a cocktail ingredient? We have someone amazing joining our IGTV in the person of Nicole Battefeld-Montgomery who is one of the international finalists of the competition in 2019, the last to take place physically. We had a little chat with Nicole, who is an outstanding barista, about the competition itself but also about coffee as an ingredient.
Damien: Welcome Nicole – Please tell us a couple of words about yourself.
Nicole: I am a barista, roaster, trainer and competitor in the specialty coffee industry. I am currently living in Berlin. My first competition was in 2016, and in 2018 I won the German Barista Championship. In 2019, I competed again and “only” took third place. I was devastated and thought by myself “Oh no! There must be something else I can do!” – and so I competed in Coffee Good Spirits. In this competition I placed fifth, which is very exciting. Due to corona, this was unfortunately the last time I participated in a competition. Since then I’ve dived a bit deeper into the whole cocktail scene.