Bewley’s Barista, Wojciech Tysler, has won the most coveted Irish award for Baristas after coming out on top at the Irish Barista Championships that took place at CATEX from 26th-28th February. The Avonmore Irish Barista Championships were one of the highlights of CATEX, where thousands of catering and foodservice professionals gathered during the week.
Wojciech triumphed over the nine other finalists to take home first place in the highly competitive awards. He will now represent Ireland in the leading international coffee competition, the World Barista Championships taking in place in Boston in April. Each year, more than 50 champion competitors each prepare 4 espressos, 4 milk drinks, and 4 original signature drinks in a 15-minute performance set to music.
Judges from around the world evaluate each performance on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation. The ever-popular signature beverage allows baristas to stretch their imagination and the judges’ palates to incorporate a wealth of coffee knowledge into an expression of their individual tastes and experiences.
Quality and training have long been a key focus in the history and heritage of Bewley’s. This is underpinned by the skills of Bewley’s baristas and over the years many World and Irish Barista Champions have been trained in Bewley’s.
Bewley’s Managing Director Jason Doyle said “We are delighted that one of our own Baristas, Wojciech Tysler has won the most coveted award in Irish coffee. Wojciech has been competing at the highest level for 5 years and to see his dedication recognized is a just reward. As the leading coffee roaster in Ireland we are delighted to have the National Barista Champion on our team and we look forward to seeing Wojciech represent Ireland in the World Championships in Boston later this year.”
Quality & speed of service is of the utmost importance to our consumers in Grafton Street as well as our Foodservice customer base. Investing in our customers has always been a key part of the success of Bewley’s & high-quality barista training is just one of the elements that allow our customers to succeed.
Wojciech Tysler, Irish Barista Champion 2019 and Bewley’s Barista, commented “After five years of competing, finally my dream has come true. The team at Bewley’s have believed in me from the outset and I am very grateful for the support & the time that they have given me to be at my best. I’m looking forward now to the next challenge, representing Ireland and competing at the World Championships in April.”