Caffe Ritazza Barista Wins the SSP UK National Barista Championship

SSP News Release 31-March-2010

Caffè Ritazza’s Matthew Roberts was crowned UK Barista Champion at the 2010 SSP UK National Barista Championships. Held in London on Tuesday 30th March, the competition, created by leading travel caterer, SSP UK, recognises and celebrates the increasing coffee quality within the travel environment.

Competing at the Dickens Inn in London’s exclusive St Kathryn’s Dock, Matthew and seven other talented barista finalists had to produce four espresso, four cappuccinos and a signature drink. The finalists performed in front of industry experts under strict time conditions.

Matthew’s delivery and drinks earned top marks for his technical ability, presentation, consistency and taste balance. His speciality coffee, the Chilli Mocha, showed his creativity and innovative use of flavours.

Presented by SSP UK CEO Tony Keating, Matthew collected his prize of a European weekend break and £500 spending money courtesy of event sponsor Stanco. Tony Keating said, ‘Coffee is extremely important to our business and achieving superb standards is imperative to demonstrating that we are the food travel experts. I was blown away by the passion, flair and expertise each finalist has shown today- this is what helps us to deliver our promise.’

Commenting on his win, Matthew said, “I can’t believe I have won the title of UK Barista Champion at the SSP awards. I am chuffed to bits to have been recognised for doing something I absolutely love. I am looking forward to representing the UK in the upcoming Caffè Ritazza World Championships.’

Chief Organiser and SSP UK National Coffee Champion, Graziano Moroni said, ‘We have seen some amazing displays of originality and imagination, and every one of these finalists deserves to be here today. The standard of the skills that Matthew has displayed today from start to finish has been exceptional.’

Coming a close second was East Midlands Airport Barista Jurate Skarzauskate and in third place was Elizabet Bozhinova from Dublin Airport.

The Caffè Ritazza World Championships will be held in September, SSP’s own international coffee brand, Caffè Ritazza, celebrates the art of great coffee, using only the finest, handpicked, world-class beans from around the globe to provide great tasting coffee. There is also delicious food freshly made every day. Caffe Ritazzas come as either inviting and modern cafes or a convenient ‘Grab & Go’ kiosks.

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