Top barista aims high
Espresso Workshop is a suitable name for David Huang’s Epsom cafe.
His desire to know more about coffee and his ability to tinker with it makes him Auckland’s top barista.
“A barista may appear to make coffee but their job is to ensure the whole operation runs smoothly, from the machines to the blending and roasting.
“We need to understand what the customer is expecting to get,” he says.
Last month the 28-year-old won third place at the New Zealand Barista Champs, which qualifies him to go to the World Barista Championships in Atlanta in the United States this month, where more than 50 countries will battle it out to be number one.
David says the competitions help him to keep raising the bar – they get tougher every year.
“We have a high standard here in New Zealand,” he says.
As for the world champs, David says he hopes to come home with some tips to make his coffee even better.
“I hope to network with other competitors and gain access to resources we haven’t had before such as producers, traders and suppliers with different technology that help us to improve the quality of the coffee.”
Serious espresso: Barista David Huang takes competitive coffee-making to an international level.