David Makin’s Espresso World Tour 2007

Espresso World Tour 2007When you work full time in coffee and spend your spare time competing in barista competitions, what would you do in your holidays other than a global coffee crawl?

Almost unrivalled coffeegeek David Makin’s trip started off in the USA.  Contrary to popular belief, David was indeed able to get a cup of coffee that had not been sitting on a hotplate since the late 1950’s.  The fine folk at Stumptown and Intelligentsia are amongst the new wave of specialty coffee professionals.  David thoroughly enjoyed an opportunity to cup many exquisite coffee samples at both roasteries.

The next stop was Canada, where David was forced to concede the coffeegeek crown to coffeegeek.com‘s Mark Prince, whose personal coffee equipment stash and cup collection makes ours look like a drop in the ocean.  We don’t quite know what happened, but somehow someone ended up letting David behind the gorgeous La Marzocco Mistral at 49th Parallel.

Skipping to the other side of the world, and to the title of this article, David arrived in Copenhagen to visit 2006 World Barista Champion Klaus Thomsen and check out his new roastery, the Coffee Collective.  Klaus and David spent some time comparing the difference between Danish and Australian barista technique.  Or, as we call it in Australia, goofing off.

We suspect that at this point many mere mortals would have died of caffeine overdose, but our intrepid barista pressed on to visit this year’s World Barista Champion, James Hoffmann, in London.  James is currently planning on opening a coffee roastery, Square Mile Coffee, with World Cupping Champion Annette Moldvaer.  We wish them the best of luck!

The coffee section of the trip came to an end – at long last – in Milan at the HOST hospitality exhibition.  Highlights included a display of vintage espresso machines celebrating La Marzocco’s 80th anniversary, some cool espresso grinders and finally seeing the first prototype of an espresso machine that we have been working on for over a year.

David would like to send a big thankyou to everyone who was so hospitable during his trip.

It was certainly a big trip and there is room for little more in this article than an itinerary.  So next time you see David, please join us all in bugging him to load his photos into a gallery on this webpage!

Photo: David at 49th Parallel in Vancouver.  Photo taken by Mark Prince.