Canadians have known about Ben Put’s barista prowess for years as a multi-winner of the Canadian Barista Championship. But for the second year in a row, he also wowed an international crowd.
Ben Put, co-founder of Calgary’s Monogram Coffee, placed third at the World Barista Championship this past weekend in Dublin, Ireland.
A total of 61 countries sent their best baristas to compete in this year’s competition.
Competitors had just 15 minutes to make 12 different hot drinks for a panel of judges, from espressos to cappuccinos to original signature beverages.
“You have to do it perfectly. In a shop, normally, if I make a drink I’m not happy with, I can remake it and I can tweak things. But there, you have to make the best espresso, the best cappuccino of your entire life,” Put told CTV News Channel from Dublin. Adding to the pressure is the fact that the judging panel is made up of four of the “most picky judges in the whole world,” he said. “It’s a very intense 15 minutes.”
This is the second year in a row that Put placed third. In 2014, he came in 11th.
Put has been a barista for 12 years, 10 of which he has spent working in Calgary. Two years ago he co-founded Monogram Coffee with co-barista champs Jeremy Ho and Justin Eyford, the three amigos of coffee.