More on Days 3 & 4 of the UKBC Semi Finals, UKBC Finals & UKBC Barista Champion announcement, and Sanremo UK’s 6yrs sponsorship involvement at The London Coffee Festival

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Though we would share some more of the delights from the UKBC Semi Finals, UKBC Finals & UKBC Barista Champion announcement, and Sanremo UK’s sponsorship involvement at The London Coffee Festival.

The semi-finals of the UKBC Barista Championships was a hectic day as there were 20 UKBC semi-finalists competing, with David Wilson (Technical Manager, Sanremo UK) keeping a close eye on proceedings:

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At the end of the last day with the top 6 semi-finalists competing, Andrew Tucker (MD at Sanremo UK) gave a thank you regarding Sanremo UK’s involvement as sponsor of the UKBC over the last 6 years. Even though they are a smaller Italian company, they have the drive to always achieve the best they can and are an excellent leader in the field. 

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He talked about the energy behind all the finalists, them being inspirational and also pushing the boundaries to achieve even higher competition standards; which then are adopted as standard practice by all baristas. They were all a joy to watch at work.

Andrew thanked the support of his team and road crew, especially David (who has given all baristas excellent technical guidance), for making the last 6 years such a success; he encouraged the next sponsor to enhance the competition further and gain the same pride and satisfaction as Sanremo UK have enjoyed being involved over this time; then moved onto the awards.

Then Dale Harris, of Has Bean Coffee, and Estelle Bright, of Caravan Coffee, were awarded second and third place winners of the competition respectively.

Finally, the UKBC Barista Champion was announced. Well done to Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, of Colonna & Smalls, and good luck to him in the World Barista Championships in Rimini. He is a skilled barista and artist, and will be a great ambassador for the UK coffee industry. Congratulations again Maxwell!

UKBC2014 Champion and Runners Up: (left to right) Estelle Bright – third, Dale Harris – second and Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood – the champion

UKBC2014 Champion and Runners Up: (left to right)
Estelle Bright – third, Dale Harris – second and Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood – the champion

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood UKBC2014 Champion (1)

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood UKBC2014 Champion (1)

For more amazing pics from the semi-finals and finals, see Sanremo UK’s Facebook page via the links below:

Photos from the UKBC 2014 semis  and the final 

Thanks to Anna Lewoniewska (Marketing Executive, Sanremo UK) for the background information, and providing the photos and links in this post.

Well done again to Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Dale Harris and Estelle Bright, and we wish you all success for the future.


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1 Response to More on Days 3 & 4 of the UKBC Semi Finals, UKBC Finals & UKBC Barista Champion announcement, and Sanremo UK’s 6yrs sponsorship involvement at The London Coffee Festival

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