Fingers crossed for popular local barista
Petrol station coffee has come a long way from freeze-dried in a polystyrene cup.
On Friday a Titahi Bay man hopes to beat the best baristas from the country’s BP Wild Bean cafes at a competition in Auckland.
Darren ‘‘Daz’’ Higgs makes such good coffee at Mana BP that some customers visit four times a day.
Mr Higgs, 26, won best Wel- lington barista at the regional Wild Bean competition this month, and is furiously perfecting his frothy milk and winning smile for the nationals.
‘‘It’s exciting and scary at the same time,’’ he said.
Judges scrutinise the perfection of competitors’ drinks, how well they clean their machines before and after making coffees, and their customer service skills.
The latter should not be a problem for Mr Higgs, who is a hit with caffeine lovers as far afield as Paraparaumu.
‘‘We’ve got some hard-out coffee drinkers,’’ he said.
Mr Higgs said the most popular drink he made was a mocchacino. Unusually for a barista he likes milky coffees himself, especially extra- frothy cappucinos.
His skill may come down to a perfectionist streak, which should stand him in good stead in Auckland.
‘‘I’m always hard on myself. Whatever I do it’s never good enough,’’ he said.