Compass Group UK and Ireland recently held its inaugural Barista Championships, which saw four finalists from across its portfolio take part in a highly competitive and thrilling final. The competition was designed to mirror the World Barista Championships set-up, in order to prepare the caterer’s baristas to compete nationally.
Razvan Cojocaru from Restaurant Associates was crowned winner following two intense rounds, where he demonstrated strong technical ability as well as complex coffee knowledge. He used a coffee from Costa Rica, Cordillera Del Fuego, which was processed using an anaerobic fermentation method and roasted by the team at Roastworks coffee.
The competition focused on three key areas: espresso, milk and a signature drink. All the finalists were judged against Specialty Coffee Association competition guidelines using its rules, regulations and scoresheets.
Cojocaru received a trip of a lifetime to an Origin’s coffee farm in Costa Rica. He will get to see first-hand where the humble coffee bean starts its journey, as well as the social community projects at origin.
Cojocaru said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and this competition. I feel so grateful to have won and cannot wait to fly to Costa Rica. This has been such an amazing experience from beginning to end and I feel so proud to be a part of the Barista Academy. It has given me the confidence and opportunity to take part and I can’t wait for more competitions.”