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South African Barista Named Best In The World

South African Barista Teddy Nzama went head-to-head with 15 000 global entrants to win the title of World's Best Barista.

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Teddy Nzama, an employee at Starbucks South Africa, has been flying the nation's flag high since he took the coveted title of  World's Best Barista at the 2019 Starbucks EMEA Barista Championship, where participants from as far-flung as Sweden, Saudia Arabia to South Africa took part. 

The Starbucks Barista Championship 2019 saw the largest number of entrants since its inception, with a recorded 15 000 Starbucks barista's from 30 different countries entering the compeition. 

The global compeition saw entrant subjected to a rigorous process of elimination, where a national compeition narrowed them down to one representative from each country.

National winners from around the world went head-to-head to demonstrate their knowledge of Starbucks coffee and showcase their coffee craft in a three-day intense programme hosted in London.

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Having narrowing the competition down to  just 16 contestants, a latte art throw-down was the next step for the hopeful contestants, with each talented individual creating their best coffee artwork and only four moving on to the final round. An esteemed and expert panel of judges the had the task of chosing just one overall champion from the final four. 

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South Africa's own Nzama walked away with the prestigious title based on his talent and craft for coffee. Nzama will now be heading on the trip of a lifetime to visit the Milan Roastery, along with visiting a couple of coffee farms in Rwanda to see first hand how the coffee is made and meet the farmers behind it all. 

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