COFFEE enthusiasts should head down to the Big Sheep next week for the first North Devon Barista Championships.
The event, being held at the Big Sheep in Abbotsham, aims to find North Devon's best cup of coffee.
It is being run by Havana Coffee Company in conjunction with the Journal.
Judging will take place on October 22 and 23 but entrants will have chance to brush up on their skills on Monday before the event.
Barista trainer Daisy Rollo will be on hand to give help and advice to anyone who needs it and three espresso machines will be available to use.
Entrants will have to produce two cappuccinos and two espresso coffees in eight minutes during round one while round two will see them produce a total of five drinks.
All will be presented to the judges, including Journal editor Lisa Templeton, to be judged on their appearance and taste.
The barista presenting the best drinks in the quickest time will gain the most points with the five highest scorers going through to the final.
Nigel Mackenzie-Shapland of Havana Coffee Company, who devised the competition, said: “I came up with the idea because so many aspiring baristas were asking how they could enter the UK Barista Championships.
"After much consultation, I realised that the national competitions have very little relevance to the quality and standard of coffee we serve up in North Devon so I decided that we had enough working coffee houses in the area to warrant our very own North Devon Barista Championships."
"The aim of the competition is to raise standards generally. Nowadays with national competition in virtually every High Street, customer’s expectations and standards are rightly very high and baristas will receive feedback from top judges on how they can improve the quality of beverages they serve up."
Speaking about the competition, Lisa said: "Having the baristas put their skills to the test for the chance of earning this title is a fantastic idea. We can’t wait to see them in action in Barnstaple.
"And, of course, anything which raises standards for the consumer gets the Journal vote every time.”