Christian Fernando, of Compass Group, Italy has been crowned inaugural Compass Matcha Smackdown champion 2019.

He wins an exclusive tea tasting and blending session with teapigs co-founder Louise Cheadle, a teapigs gift bundle set and a £200 shopping voucher.

Baristas from across Compass Group met to pit their skills against the best of the best at the first Compass Matcha Smackdown barista competition. The final took place at the Innovation Centre at Compass’s Chertsey headquarters, delivered with partners teapigs and the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA).

Competitors included baristas from Medirest, Chartwells, 14Forty and Eurest, with the winner flying in from a Restaurant Associates site in Milan, Italy. Newly appointed Compass Coffee Education and Training Manager, Sonali Tailor headed the judging panel alongside Louise Cheadle from teapigs and Owen Thom from the SCA.

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