Jana Slamova, national barista trainer at contract caterer BaxterStorey, has been recognised as the highest scoring female competitor in the finals of the 2017 UK Barista Championships.
Held in Bristol over the weekend, the competition saw six finalists battle it out, with BaxterStorey representing as the only foodservice provider.
Slamova, who has made it to the finals for the last three consecutive years, was named the top female barista in the competition, securing fourth place overall, with Dale Harris of Has Bean Coffee named the overall winner.
The BaxterStorey barista showcased her skills with a signature espresso drink of tonka beans with panela sugar. Her eye for detail impressed the judges as she perfected the intense flavours while considering room temperature, machine conditions and the ingredients to create her drink.
Tim Sturk, head of coffee training and development at BaxterStorey, said: "To have five baristas through to the semi-finals is not only unprecedented in the history of the championships but totally unheard of within our industry. Eight of the top 16 semi-finalists came from independent roasteries so for our baristas to have come this far is a real reflection on how hard they've worked throughout their training. We're really proud to see them recognised."
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