This year’s winner

This year’s Bursary winner Lisa-Laura of Climpson & Sons, has made it all the way through to the World Brewers Cup championship.

Lisa-Laura entered the bursary in 2017 and very narrowly missed out on the top spot to Darryl Docherty, so we were delighted she decided to return for a second year. Her video impressed everyone, demonstrating her dedication and drive to rapidly develop her skills and we were very excited to be able to support her this year.

Lisa-Laura competed in the UK Brewers Cup competition which highlights the craft of filter coffee brewing by hand, promoting manual coffee brewing and service excellence. She was crowned UK champion back in May and will be flying out to Brazil in November to compete for the world title.

What is the BTB Barista Bursary?

Beyond the Bean was founded by baristas back in 1997, so supporting them is close to our hearts and rooted in our business. We are long time supporters of the UK Barista Championship, have helped on the SCAE UK Committee and held various WCE positions. Because of this we know what’s involved in competing and we know that the costs can be high, often meaning talented baristas are excluded. This is why we created the BTB Barista Bursary back in 2016, ran it in 2017 & 2018 and are delighted to say we will be running it again for 2019.

From left: Mat North, Diana Johnston, Darryl Docherty, James Shepherd, Brian Williams

From left: Mat North, Diana Johnston, Darryl Docherty, James Shepherd, Brian Williams

The rules this year changed in a big way; we opened it up to applicants from anywhere in Europe who are hoping to compete in any of the six World Coffee events. These are the Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, Latte Art, Cup Tasters and the Coffee Roasting Championship.

Competitors must apply via video submission and the chosen winner will receive support in their home country, as well as sponsorship towards the cost of competing. Applying is simple and there is still plenty of time, Just head over to the How to apply section on the website and take it from there.

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