Earlier this month Stefania, Raz and Luana competed in the London Heat of UK Barista Championship.
The UK Barista Championship is organised every year by the UK body of the Specialty Coffee Association. Its aim is to celebrate craftsmanship, innovation and community and has been career defining for many competitors.
Our team had been working hard & practicing for this day since finishing as the top 3 of our internal GAIL’s Barista Championships back in September last year.
In November, they carefully selected their own coffees and roasted them together with our Technical Manager, Kasjan. From there, countless hours went into developing and perfecting their 7-minute presentations, where they serve two espressos and two milk drinks to a team of sensory and technical judges. Every detail about the coffee, the brew, and the flavours, is described to the judges.
The London heat was the final regional heat, before the top 14 competitors move on to the national semi-finals. London is historically a tough heat to compete in, with many seasoned competitors and we were proud to see our team give some of them a run for their money.
Although our competitors narrowly missed out on the top 14 spots (Stef placing 15th on the national leader board, and Raz just behind her in 16th place ), their performances were truly exceptional and they demonstrated true craft.
Congratulations Luana, Razvan and Stefania from everyone at GAIL's, we're lucky to have you.