A Dubliner has become a world champion coffee maker.

Stephen Morrissey from Skerries has won the 2008 World Barista Championship in Copenhagen in Denmark.

The 25-year-old impressed the judges with his preparation of four espressos, four cappuccinos and four original drinks that he created himself. The coffees were judged on their taste, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill and overall presentation.

National champions from 51 countries converged to compete for the title of world's top barista in front of a live audience of several hundred spectators and thousands of online viewers worldwide.

As the winner of the 2008 competition, Mr Morrissey receives a highly sought after La Marzocco GS/3 espresso machine and a Compak K-10 WBC espresso grinder, together worth more than €5,700, in addition to his prestigious title.

Seven judges, including one head judge, four sensory judges and two technical judges evaluated the entries.

The runner up was David Makin from Australia, followed by Liesbeth Sleijster (Netherlands), Daniel Remheden (Sweden), Michael Yung (Canada), and Soren Stiller Markussen (Denmark). Full results are at the World Barista Championships site.