Today’s Adelaide (Australia) The Advertiser featured a brief article on Paul Bassett, Sydney resident and winner of the 2003 World Barista Championship (held in Boston): The Advertiser: Cup always half-full [03may06].

In the article, Paul mentions how he discovered his calling during his travels in Siena, Italy in the late 1990s — where he was mesmerized by the locals’ espresso. (As if that’s something I could not relate to…)

While Paul no longer works in cafés, he has translated his barista fame in a few areas. He was the host of a thirteen part Discovery television series, called “Living Coffee”, that explored the world of specialty coffee. Today he’s a travelling spokesperson for small appliance maker, Sunbeam Australia, with whom he also partnered to help develop a home machine.