London-based Egle Stuksyte, who works for BaxterStorey at Gazprom Marketing and Trading, was recently crowned winner of the contract caterer’s Barista Championships 2017.
Following two months of hard-fought regional heats where over 50 baristas across England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Belgium, 16 semi-finalists took to the stage at the Salvation Army International Headquarters in London. After an intense afternoon, Stuksyte was announced the winner. She took inspiration from her trips to Morocco, with her signature drink made of coffee caviar, Moroccan-spiced infused espresso and condensed milk.
Dale Harris, 2017 World Barista Champion, was in attendance to help judge the competition. Speaking of the finalists, he said: “It was a fierce competition with so many talented baristas vying for the top spot. The trend for different approaches to coffee continues to grow, so it’s been great to see how each finalist experiments with their tools, coffees and other ingredients to create some exceptional drinks. However, Egle’s Moroccan-inspired presentation and drinks really worked.”