Peli Deli scores in top barista contest

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A DALES cafe has proved its winning coffee credentials by gaining praise from world-class judges in the UK Barista Championship 2011.

Baristas Mike Blair and Martin Wheeldon of Peli Deli, which has businesses in Matlock and Wirksworth, took part in the competition’s regional heats and are set to find out today if they scored enough points to make it through to the finals, held at the UK’s largest food and drink trade event, at London’s ExCeL.

Mike, owner of Peli Deli, said they had a chance to showcase their techniques and skills, and expert judges assessed their knowledge, attention to detail, creativity and signature drinks.

The standard was high but judges said Mike’s espresso was the best on the day and he came fourth, while Martin came eighth.

He said: “Our motto is never to sacrifice quality for price.

“Quality and service is everything to us and we would never service something we would not be happy to eat or drink ourselves.

“We are all very passionate at Peli Deli and it just goes to show we are competing with the best in the country.”