The competition format with unique in that it pushed the Barista’s to demonstrate their versatility. In essence it combined elements Latte Art (Baristas had to pour 2 x identical drinks according to a presented photo of latte art). They had to ‘cup’ 4 x triangulations of coffees, spotting the odd one out in each. And lastly, they had to prepare an alcoholic coffee beverage, one which complemented the single origin coffee they used. The audience, the Baristas and especially the judges loved this competition with a difference!
The expert judging panel,included Head Judge Dan Harvey, from La Marzocco UK & Ireland, Sensory Judges Edita Chodarcevic, Head of Coffee Education at Union Hand Roasted and Dan Lamberton, Head of Coffee at Well Grounded. The Judges were excellent, well known established ones who judge nationally and internationally for World Coffee Events. Their expertise, attention to detail and commitment gave this unusual competition format credence and we are very grateful for their involvement.
Varun from G&G Ireland was the winner here, not Roxana. Varun beat 7 other Baristas from all over the UK to win the coveted title of G&G Barista of The Year
It was a closely fought competition. The standard was exceptional with all our competitors showcasing the extremely high level of skills and expertise people have come to expect from Gather & Gather. Congratulations to Roxana. She absolutely deserves the title of Barista of the Year 2018 and we are extremely proud of her achievement.
ALLISTER RICHARDS, MANAGING DIRECTOR
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