Scotland v China in International Student Barista Challenge

This week City of Glasgow College hosts the fourth annual International Student Barista Challenge at its world class City campus on Cathedral Street in Glasgow.

Hospitality students at the college will go head to head with China’s Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics to determine who will take home the championship and prove they are the crème de la crème in coffee expertise.

The competitors’ skills will be tested to exacting standards and within a strict 15-minute time limit across three categories – Espresso, Cappuccino and Signature Drink. The judges; Hugo Castaneda from Costa Coffee/ Whitbread, Paul Devaney of We Love Coffee, and Matthew Mustard, Southside Roasters will be looking at the quality of their beverages, technical skills, craftsmanship, presentation skills and service skills.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, said:

“It is a pleasure to welcome our international colleagues from China to our Super College and indeed to Scotland.

“We know that coffee is now the most popular drink worldwide with around two billion cups consumed every day and today’s customers expect an exceptionally high quality of drink as well as exceptionally high standard of customer service.

“The barista challenge is an opportunity for the students involved to demonstrate their high level of skill and it also provides a unique opportunity for cultural exchange and to learn from each other’s experience which is vital in a very competitive career marketplace.  

“We are looking forward to the competition and I wish all the students taking part the very best of luck.”

Chandler Huang, Vice President of Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics, said:

“We continually seek ways to engage our students in real life learning opportunities and this competition presents an excellent platform for our tourism and hospitality students to gain skills that are practical and relevant for the future. Such experiences will help them develop and master ever-changing skills to maximise their future readiness.”

Three top students have been selected to represent each institution and the winner will be announced at the end of the competition on Wednesday 7 November.

The event was originally established by Singapore’s MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality, the current title holders, to promote the art and skills of baristas and develop and enhance student chances of employment in the hospitality industry.