A Falkirk barista is full of beans after grinding out a prize as one of the best coffee makers in the country in a
David Birse, who works at Coffee on Wooer in Falkirk town centre, was runner-up at the recent Scottish Aeropress Championships held in Glasgow.
Entrants were asked to brew their own recipe using an aeropress, a device invented in 2005 that can produce espresso-strength coffee.
It steeps coffee for between 10-50 seconds - depending on grind and preferred strength - and then forces it through a filter by pressing down a plunger.
David (28), from Bonnybridge, is a well-kent face to Falkirk coffee lovers after working at several cafes in the town in recent years, as well as running a cafe in Princess Square in Glasgow. He joined the staff at Coffee on Wooer six months ago.
The 18 entrants were sent a bag of beans a week before to practice with.
David said: “Most of the others had a lot of their coffee left when they arrived, but I had used all of mine within two days, experimenting with different recipes.
“Most of the others produced quite a sweet-tasting coffee, but I used a coarse grind and added a touch of cold water.”
David’s concoction clearly impressed the judges as he claimed second place, winning a trophy and a bottle of 12-year-old single malt whisky.
“It was great fun, and great to meet other baristas from across Scotland,” he added.
“I’ve competed in UK-wide competitions before, but making it to this year’s event in Birmingham sadly proved to be too much of a logistical challenge.
“But I hope to return next year.”