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Battle of the baristas

Nine finalists went head-to-head in Lexington's BariStar competition final on 19 April. Natalia Bukowska, Barista at London Business School (centre photo), was amongst the finalists and her years of experience and dedication to coffee art made her a strong competitor.

The impressive judging panel included Lexington’s CEO, Mike Sunley and Chef Director, Rob Kirby along with Kamil Kamieniecki, Head Barista at Lexington Catering and author of 10+1 Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask a Barista, BariStar 2017 winner Artur Kukuryk, Cemal Ezel, Founder of Change Please, and Celeste Wong, Coffee Roaster and Blogger.

Natalia showcased her ‘Creamy Heaven’ coffee which combined the flavour of Crème brûlée and rich aroma of illy coffee. Over the past month she has been working with one of illy’s head trainers, Alessandro, to perfect her signature coffee. The competition was tough and, although not victorious, she did place in the top five.

We will be showcasing her coffee creation in our retail outlets throughout May, so keep your eyes peeled!