Gold Winner Laura Arsenault, Java Blend Coffee Roasters
Silver Winner Dan Weir, Weird Harbour Espresso Bar
Bronze Winner Federico Pasquinelli, Espresso 46
Is it just us, or does it seem like Halifax has a disproportionate number of truly wonderful coffee shops? And because of that, also a disproportionate number of truly wonderful baristas? This (extra) hotly-contested category has a triple shot of our city’s most amazing coffee slingers, with Java Blend’s own Laura Arsenault taking the gold spot. Friendly, knowledgeable and skilled, a great barista makes an ordinary morning, afternoon or evening (for those who like to live on the edge and drink caffeine after 4pm) something to write home about. Here’s us raising a steaming cup to Halifax’s best baristas.