Cathy Naert was recently crowned winner of the BaxterStorey Barista Championships 2018 held in London. She took inspiration from the tastes of summer, with a signature drink infusion of strawberry coulis and mint, with a dollop of almond cream on top. The sprig of mint is rolled between hands before drinking, so the aroma of mint is infused in the tasting.
Jana Slamova, BaxterStorey Barista Academy manager and head trainer, said: “This year’s competitors pulled out all the stops, making the final decision as hard as possible for the expert judges.
“The competition offers an opportunity for our baristas to be recognised for their passion and highlights the incredible talent within our business. We hope our training opportunities continue to inspire, and arms them with the skills and confidence they need to produce quality coffee for our clients across our many locations.”
Naert added: “I’ve only been a barista for six months, and the other competitors are amazing, I can’t believe I’ve won! It’s been such a life experience, I’d tell any barista to enter as it’s so worth it.”
As with the 2018 champion, Naert will receive a tour of the Matthew Algie roastery in Glasgow, tickets to attend the World of Coffee show 2019 in Berlin, and will be entered into the Speciality Coffee Association’s 2019 UK Barista Championship.