Syria Mwanza, Zambia's champion barista, hopes to win accolades for his signature drink, which includes red chiles, ginger, cinnamon, and chocolate.
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But since becoming Zambia’s barista champion, he’s gotten his passport, traveled on an airplane for the first time, and visited Mombasa, Kenya, and London – the former for the African Barista Championships and the latter for the World Barista Championships.
“Imagine! I never thought of it that one day I’d be on a plane, going to London, just for coffee,” says Mr. Mwanza, who has now won Zambia's national title two years in a row. “It’s like a dream come true.”
Next he’s headed to Arusha, Tanzania, in February for next year’s African contest. There he hopes to best his third-place finish from Kenya by “scooping first,” he said. His goals for the 2011 World Championships in Bogota, Colombia, in June, are more modest – top 20. Still, it would be a big step up from London, where he finished 49th out of 53 competitors.