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Renata Palhazzi Crowned Baristar of the Year 2016

Renata Palhazai, Barista at Thomas Miller, was crowned Lexington’s ‘Baristar of the Year’ at Lexington’s third Baristar competition. She scooped the title with her signature coffee, Chocoholics Dream Coffee, which was inspired by her love of chocolate – she layered white chocolate under dark chocolate beneath a shot of espresso and cream to top, with chocolate sprinkles.

Renata, says, “I set out to win and I’m so pleased to be taking home the title. The competition was such a great experience and I’m so proud to be recognised as a barista champion after only working with Lexington for six months. I feel relieved all my hard work has paid off and it will be fabulous to see my signature drink rolled out across the business.”

Renata’s client, Alan Chaston, Facilities Director at Thomas Miller, was there on the night cheering her on. He said, “We take our coffee very seriously at Thomas Miller and are delighted to see Renata be crowned Lexington’s Baristar of the Year 2016. She certainly deserves to win. We are really looking forward to trying her speciality coffee over the next few weeks.”

It was a fun night filled with friendly competition and some serious coffee skills. The judges commented on the high standard and use of flavours. David Jameson, UK Coffee In Good Spirits Champion at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee says, “Coffee is such an important part of every workplace – I can’t start work without it! What Lexington are doing with their investment in great coffee and their support of this barista championship drives standards and knowledge and leads to ever better coffee being served every day at Lexington. It’s brilliant to be a part of such an exciting area of such an exciting company.”

Our nine finalists all deserve a mention:

Renata Palhazai, Barista at,Thomas Miller (Winner – First place)

Ilaria Mancosu, Café Assistant at Knight Frank (Second Place)

Gianfranco Guastella, Barista at Café 200 (Third Place)

Artur Kukuryk, Café Assistant at Rothschild

Attila Jakubei, London Business School

Mhend Djellali, Lexington Support Team, Hospitality and Café Assistant

Monika Balazs, Food Service Assistant at Man Group

Natalia Bukowska, Barista at London Business School

Otilia Baciu, Barista at Omnicom

 Louis Walter, Catering Manager at Lexington, did a fantastic job organising the competition and final event. There was such a buzz during the live final and it was fabulous to see everyone enjoying themselves. Louis says, “The finalists really did us proud with their hard work and preparation. The signature drinks go from strength to strength each year and this year was bigger and better than ever. I can’t wait to see Renata’s signature drink in our coffee bars.”

Check out our finalists in action