7 March, 2016

Things are hotting up

When you order a cappuccino from an M&S Café do you think about the consistency and persistency of the milk? Do you consider the symmetrical look of your latte art? Or the reddish reflection of your espresso crema? Because we do. And that’s just what our judges will be looking for as they begin to cross examine the finalists of our 2016 Barista competition.

Our brave contestants from up and down the British Isles will have to prepare four consistent espressos, cappuccinos and lattes before setting up for their very own beautiful signature creation. Which is where it gets really difficult.

Not only will it have to include only items found in the M&S Food Hall (alcohol excluded), but also be something we could actually, eventually sell in our cafés – meaning it has to be financially viable too.

This battle of the Baristas has been hotting up over the last few weeks, and the final showdown is set for the 8th and 9th March at the Business Design Centre. Fantastic prizes include a David Williamson Trophy, £500 cash prize, a hospitality package to World Coffee Events in Dublin, attendance at the London Coffee Festival – to name just a few.

Watch this space for the winner and keep an eye out in your local café for a possible new drink that will blow your tastebuds away

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