Porirua’s java mas­ter

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A Porirua man has won the barista cham­pi­onship at an Aus­tralasian cof­fee com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney.

Shane Pierce beat 300 tran­sTas­man ri­vals to be­come the Muf­fin Break and Foodco barista cham­pion in April.

Pierce had to win the New Zealand round be­fore head­ing to Syd­ney, where his cof­feemak­ing rou­tine and cof­fee knowl­edge were closely scru­ti­nised by judges while he churned out 12 drinks in the 15-minute time limit.

The event in­volved 13 fi­nal­ists, whit­tled down from more than 300 baris­tas in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Pierce, fran­chise owner of the Muf­fin Break cafe at North City, Porirua, said he was pleased to win, hav­ing put in hours of prac­tice to hone his rou­tine.

Pierce and his wife, Jodi, have had their Muf­fin Break fran­chise for 10 years and have built up a large base of loyal cus­tomers.

‘‘A lot of small things make a big dif­fer­ence with cof­fee. You can’t take short­cuts – true cof­fee drinkers can tell,’’ he said.

For his ef­forts Pierce won stock for his shop and free at­ten­dance at the fran­chise con­fer­ence later this year on the Gold Coast.

He said the win was a great morale booster for his staff of 15.

Cof­fee whiz: Shane Pierce dur­ing the barista fi­nals in Syd­ney.

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