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AROMA OF SUCCESS.

NORTH East caffeine connoisseurs have been competing for the coffee crown.

Newcastle's Eldon Square was the venue for Esquires Coffee House's Barista competition final, which saw three of the chain's best employees battling it out for the coveted title of Esquires' Best National Barista.

Chris Killen, from Newcastle, was up against two others in a gruelling two-hour final.

Each finalist was required to serve four espressos, four cappuccinos and four signature drinks in a 15 minute period.

The technical judges included Matthew Algie, the UK's leading independent coffee roaster, as well as Esquires MD Peter Kirton.

Mr Kirton said: "We are very proud of the standard of the three finalists who would be an asset to any premium coffee shop." After the three baristas delivered their presentations, the winner was announced as 19 year-old Jack Tarry, who has worked as a trainee barista since September 2007 in Esquires in Harlow, Essex.

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AT YOUR SERVICE: From left, Esquires Baristas Chris Killen, Jack Tarry and Mikey O'Hanlon.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2010
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