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February 2nd saw the inaugural Classic Lodges Barista Competition taking place at one of their top Yorkshire locations, Bagden Hall. 14 competitors took to the stage to take each other on in a challenge of 3 rounds. The competition was designed to test the skills developed during a good coffee service so baristas were challenged to calibrate the grinder, make a round of drinks and produce two identical latte art pours all with the clock ticking away. Points were awarded for speed, technical skills and the ability to produce tasty cups of coffee.

The competitors were judged by our barista trainers Hannah Davies and Stuart Hodgson who were joined by Barry Denson and Martin Reeves of Classic Lodges. The standard throughout the day was fantastic and the winner of 2016 will be announce at the Classic Lodges award dinner later in February!

Full Competitor List:

Kurtis Lee Bagden Hall
Jack Wimpeny Bagden Hall
Jamie Gough Bagden Hall
Zsofia Zsommer Charingworth Manor
Ivett Major Charingworth Manor
Nicola Fawcett Grinkle Park
Louise Swordy White Swan
Rui Gancalo Lopes Old Swan
Liam Golding Farington Lodge
Laura Funnell Hickstead Hotel
Mundhir Omar (Mo) Grovefield House
Harkisan Singh (Harry) Grovefield House

The whole event was organised by Stuart Hodgson – sterling effort!

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