Barista of the Year 2018

On Tuesday 10 July, the finals were held for the Gather & Gather barista of the year competition. Roxana beat off stiff competition from seven other Gather & Gather regional winners from across the UK and Ireland, to emerge as the 2018 Barista of the Year.


The competition, held to celebrate the high quality of baristas within the company, was designed to showcase the expertise and coffee credentials Gather & Gather offers. Each finalist created a total of six beverages including two espressos, two milk-based beverages such as a cappuccino or latte, and two signature drinks, in under 10 minutes. 


The expert judging panel,included Head Judge Dan Harvey, from La Marzocco UK & Ireland, Sensory Judges Edita Chodarcevic, Head of Coffee Education at Union Hand Roasted and Dan Lacey, Projects & Development at Extract Coffee Roaster, alongside Technical Judge Mark Lamberton, Head of Coffee at Well Grounded. The panel were impressed with Roxana’s signature drink which was a blended coffee with chillie infused brown sugar and lime. They unanimously agreed that Roxana’s techniquewas of the highest standard.


As well as holding the coveted Barista of the Year 2018 title, Roxana has won a trip to La Marzocco’s factory in Florence, Italy, which is renowned worldwide for the quality and craftsmanship of its machines. She was also presented with an Oatley Goodie bag which included a keep cup, branded milk pitcher, t-shirt and hoodie.
It was a closely fought competition. The standard was exceptional with all our competitors showcasing the extremely high level of skills and expertise people have come to expect from Gather & Gather. Congratulations to Roxana. She absolutely deserves the title of Barista of the Year 2018 and we are extremely proud of her achievement.
Allister Richards, Managing Director