COFFEE CROWN  2012 Canadian Barista Champion Jeremey Ho. Photo by Vincci Tsui

COFFEE CROWN 2012 Canadian Barista Champion Jeremey Ho. Photo by Vincci Tsui

By Theresa Wood

Invermere events coordinator

A new celebration of all things coffee is set to take place in Invermere on the first weekend in April.

The first annual Invermere Coffee Fest, which aims to shine a light on Invermeres emerging coffee culture, will include workshops, presentations, and competitions that will take place throughout the weekend.

Calgarys Jeremy Ho, the 2012 Canadian Barista Champion, will be in town to host two workshops: one on Manual Brew Methods, which explores the French press, aeropress, and pour over for home brewers, and another on Espresso for Baristas, which will provide the fundamentals for anyone looking to pull the perfect shot.

Mr. Ho won the Canadian National Barista Championships in September 2012, and represented Canada at the World Barista Championships in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.

Quality Bakery will be hosting one of the workshops, Gerrys Gelati is hosting a latte art competition, and Kicking Horse Coffee is expected to play a significant role as well. (The company did not return phone calls prior to The Pioneers press deadline.)

Its the pouring of the milk in the coffee to create designs like leaves and hearts, explained Gerrys Gelati owner and Invermere mayor Gerry Taft. There will perhaps be some demonstrations from the barista champion, then maybe some competition in local baristas, and who can do the best latte art, and maybe some tasting on the best cappuccino in town.

For the first time ever, a competition will be held to determine who serves the best cup of coffee in town. Shops will compete for top standing in three categories: Best Cappuccino, Best Brewed Coffee, and Peoples Choice for Best Overall Experience.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, April 6th and awarded with a trophy handcrafted by Sandpiper Studio.

Registration for the event opens on Friday, March 14th; interested businesses can visit our website at www.invermerecoffeefest.com .

Registration for the coffee shop competition is now open; to register, contact Theresa Wood at 250-342-9281 ext 1227 or events@invermere.net for more details.

– With files from Greg Amos