Barista James is cream of the crop

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A Whitley Bay barista has proved he is the cream of the crop after winning three top awards.

James Green, owner of Coco-Jambo cafe at Whitley Bay Metro Station, was crowned the best barista at the annual North East Culinary Trade Association Barista Competition held at the Civic Centre, Newcastle.

James also took the prize for the best cappuccino and the best signature drink.

James, originally from Malta, said his win has put Whitley Bay well and truly on the coffee map.

He said: “I am overwhelmed.

“I think it just proves that Whitley Bay is on the up and producing real quality.

“It’s coming alive.”