Belle Batista's (Aldo Coffee) been a champion long before Nick announced the winners on Sunday afternoon at the Mid Atlantic Regional Competition in Washington DC. Few competitors (or people for that matter) have the compassion and grace that Belle exudes every time I have talked to her. Saturday evening, after I totally blew my performance at the MARBC, and I was wallowing in anger at myself and at the world in general, and good dose of self-pity, Belle came up to me and said some very nice things to give me some solace. I can't truly put into words how happy I was for her when it was announced she had won. Congratulations Belle! You're not only a champion behind the espresso machine, but a champion in life!

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Comment by Amy Enrico on February 18, 2008 at 12:38pm
Hey Troy- It was nice to meet you at Coffee Fest. I am sorry I missed your competition but my baristas were impressed with how you stuck through it all and wouldn't compromise on quality. I assume that speaks volumes about you! Hope to hook up with you sometime soon.
Comment by Jason Dominy on February 18, 2008 at 6:54am
Troy, I agree. The grace she showed in her 15 minutes was amazing, and the way she carries herself is not only a joy to see, but a asset to our community. A real class act. Kudos Belle for a great performance!
Comment by Troy Reynard on February 18, 2008 at 6:34am
Right on Nik! Thanks for your support!
Comment by nik orosi on February 18, 2008 at 5:31am
all the best and congrats for winning to beautiful Belle and Aldo company from Croatia. Also to you my friend, don't worry, competitions are made to learn, not necessary to win, after my WBC in Tokyo, iv become and a better barista and a better person thanks to people who were there, sharing their knowledge and spirit. Vivabarista!

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