Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK's largest food and support services firm, is to launch its first Barista Academy – a group consisting of the most highly skilled baristas in the business.
The creation of the Academy continues Compass' investment in developing a top range of quality coffee offers. The application process is now open to all baristas in the company and will give them the opportunity to prove their coffee credentials.
A focus on technical skill, consistency and quality will help decide which baristas make it through the testing trials. Those that make it to the last stage will undergo judging by a panel of esteemed external experts, who will decide who makes the final cut to earn the title of Master Barista.
Stephen Lovegrove, Head of Business Excellence – Central Marketing, Compass Group UK & Ireland said: "We have some fantastic baristas in this business, who complement the quality of our coffee offers. The launch of our Barista Academy brings this work together and celebrates this talent - we can't wait for the trials to begin to decide our Master Baristas".
The market for hot beverages is in sustained growth, both in size and breadth of range, with the UK coffee shop market generating £8.9b in revenue annually, according to the Allegra World Coffee Portal Project Café 2017 report.
Danny Raleigh, General Manager at West Country Milk explained "We are really pleased to sponsor this exciting new Academy. Fresh Milk is such an integral part of making a great coffee and that is sometimes overlooked. It's great to see milk being recognised as a key ingredient to support great Baristas!"
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Posted by: Danny Raleigh