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Local barista moves on to International Brewers Cup finals in Australia

Lit Espresso Bar's Joshua Tarlo, 25, has been crowned Canada's best brewer at the Canadian Brewer's Cup. He will move on to the International Brewer's Cup Championship in Melbourne, Australia next month. 
Lit's smooth espresso is a favourite among locals. Using ethically produced Ethiopian beans that are roasted at Pig Iron Coffee Roasters in Mississauga, Tarlo won judges over with his customer service and his ability to explain his process and show knowledge of his product. 
The second annual Canadian Brewers Cup took place in Ottawa where Tarlo had to get innovative to recreate the taste of his Toronto coffee, which was altered due to the difference in geography. He told the Ottawa Citizen he stayed up late into the night before finding a balanced blend of spring water and distilled water. 
"These guys put a lot of effort and time into their presentation … It’s a very fun, but slightly wonky group of passionate people," Pat Russell, a senior product developer for Second Cup and one of the judges at the competition, told the paper. 
The World Brewers Cup takes place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo from May 23-26, 2013. 
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Original source: Ottawa Citizen
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