There has been ‘a latte’ celebrating at BaxterStorey following five of our talented baristas reaching the semi-finals of the 2017 UK Barista Championships – the most from any single company to progress this far in the history of the competition.
After the final regional heat in London this July, overall placings for the semi-finals see Kieron Carney, Jana Slamova and Don Altizo placed first, second and fourth respectively, taking three of the four top spots. They follow in the footsteps of two BaxterStorey in-house rising stars, Derek Buckley and Amando Lo who competed in Manchester & Glasgow heats respectively.
Tim Sturk, head of coffee training and development at BaxterStorey said: “This is an outstanding achievement for our baristas and BaxterStorey, demonstrating why our training and mentoring programmes are so revered.
“To have five baristas through to the semi-finals is not only unprecedented in the history of the Championships but totally unheard of within our industry. Eight of the top 16 semi-finalists come from independent roasteries so for our baristas to have come this far is a real reflection on how hard they’ve worked throughout their training and we’re really proud to see them recognised.”
This is the fifth consecutive year BaxterStorey has been represented in the semi-finals, with Don, Jana & Kieron, all having reached this stage of the competition before and Jana and Don progressing to the top six last year.
This year, the regional heats required participants to create four identical espressos, four identical milk beverages and four signature beverages. They were required to create a unique drink using carefully selected coffee as a base. Each of our barista’s rose to the creative challenge, incorporating many exciting flavours from cane sugar juice, panella and vanilla pods to melted chocolate and fresh compotes.
The semi-finals take place on 19th and 20th August in Bristol. The ultimate winner of the 2017 UK Barista Championship final will have the honour of representing the UK at the World Barista Championships in Seoul this November. Fingers crossed for our fabulous five!
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Notes to editors:
About BaxterStorey – BaxterStorey provides bespoke hospitality services through restaurants, café bars, deli operations and executive dining rooms for a wide range of customers. Its heritage is built on the culinary expertise and the professional training and development of its people. It employs more than 8,500 people at over 600 locations, and provides food service excellence to clients and customers in business and industry. BaxterStorey’s core principle is to serve the best quality food, sourced and prepared locally using the finest produce. Through its chef and barista academies, it provides focused and dedicated training to front line teams helping them to provide great service and build a career for life. The reach and talent of BaxterStorey’s business enables it to draw on an extensive pool of expertise within the food service sphere in the UK, providing it with a strong foundation to share and distribute best practice both locally and across the country