UK's leading coffee chain Coffee Republic held their first Barista Championships after 10 years in service and Sanremo were lucky enough to sponsor the event!

The franchise has 25 bars across the UK with competitors travelling to Rochester Row (CR head office) from all over the country to compete, including Glasgow and Isle of Man. As machine suppliers to the franchise and an experienced barista competition sponsor (UKBC official equipment sponsor 5 years running), Sanremo UK were delighted to provide equipment and guidance for the event.

Sanremo UK Managing Director, Andrew Tucker stated, “In this progressively competitive market, consumers’ demand and focus of quality in coffee is becoming imperative to survival in the industry. As experienced event organisers we felt this was the perfect opportunity to strengthen our partnership, heighten barista skills and raise the quality of their coffee offering.”

Fourteen talented baristas battled it out to for the fantastic chance to win a brand new Sanremo RS Tall for their coffee bar, and once in a lifetime trip to the Sanremo factory in Treviso, Italy! The judges Nino, Clive and James meticulously assessed the competitors on their sensory and technical skills; ability to operate a Sanremo Verona RS Tall, to produce 2 espressos, 2 lattes and 2 Coffee Republic style cappuccinos all within 12 minutes.

The lucky winners of the event: 1st Place, Mahfuza (Bedford); 2nd Place, Stephanie (Isle of Man) and 3rd Place Jessica (Dunstable), congratulations on your sterling efforts! Thank you to Coffee Republic for hosting and ll those who took part!