The owner of a small but perfectly formed coffee shop in Norwich has been shortlisted to be named the UK's 'barista hero'.

La Marzocco, which specialises in espresso machines and grinders, has brought back its Barista Hero Award for 2023.

It was first launched during the Covid pandemic in 2021 to celebrate people who "create a community within the walls of their coffee shop". 

Norwich Evening News: Fika is located in Wensum Street, NorwichFika is located in Wensum Street, Norwich (Image: Archant)

Mark Lawrence of Fika in Wensum Street is one of the eight baristas shortlisted for the award, with the winner announced on November 18 at the Manchester Coffee Festival.

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Fika is a Swedish word that means to take time out of the day to spend with friends, have a coffee and a little something to eat.

The tiny coffee shop is brimming with character and Mr Lawrence has built up a loyal customer base since it opened in March 2019. 

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The Barista Hero 2023 shortlist was chosen through public nominations, with Mr Lawrence praised for his "hard work and dedication". 

The winner will receive £1,000 and a trip for two to a renowned coffee school in Florence, Italy. 

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