James aims to become the UK’s top mocha maker

Bewiched Coffee's relentless pursuit of perfection in a cup, their head barista James Franklin is heading off to the UK Barista Championships

Bewiched Coffee's relentless pursuit of perfection in a cup, their head barista James Franklin is heading off to the UK Barista Championships

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A coffee shop worker will compete against baristas from across the country in a bid to prove he makes the best cuppa.

James Franklin, who works at Bewiched coffee shop in Kettering, will compete in the UK Barista Championships next month.

The championships are a nationwide search to find the most talented and passionate barista, scoring them across a total of 12 drinks to be served in 15 minutes.

The 18-year-old, of Rothwell, said: “There is so much that can go wrong between the coffee bean being roasted and ultimately the coffee that ends up in your cup.

“We at Bewiched are here to show what can be done, and we are constantly striving to improve and learn. This is vital to us remaining experts.”

James is heading off to the regional heats in March and will appear in the national finals in April if he progresses.

Matt Fountain, managing director of Bewiched, said: “James’ passion and obsession with all things coffee is constantly helping us improve our coffee offering.

“I am very happy with the feedback we get regarding the smoothness of our coffee compared to that of the national conglomerates, but we will always strive to improve.

“I think in James there is a future national barista champion and as we look to expand his role, he will become more important to us maintaining consistency of excellence in a cup.”