Barista of the Year
Our prestigious 'Barista of the Year' competition showcases the passion, flair and technical creativity of our talented baristas the world over.
Barista of the Year
Barista of the year
Every year, we put our baristas through their paces to find those that truly embody our purpose - Inspiring the World to Love Great Coffee.

With heats taking place in all of our global markets – UK & Ireland, Europe, China and MEA region (Middle East, Africa and South East Asia) – our competition culminates in a Champion of Champions final, which is held in London and live streamed to a global audience.
As well as the pride that comes with being awarded Costa's Champion of Champions title, our overall winner takes home our coveted Barista of the Year trophy, a 10-night holiday to a coffee-related destination, a commemorative pin badge, apron, and shirt.
Kazakhstani stage
First, there are qualifying stages where competition participants have 8 minutes to prepare four drinks and another 2 minutes to present themselves. Then the Kazakhstani final is held for winners of the previous rounds from Almaty and Astana.


The challenge in the final is to create an inimitable signature drink that is then judged for its aesthetic and gustatory qualities, presentation and novelty.
The 'Barista of the Year' competition has been running consecutively for 13 years!
Coffee creativity
We also run a Latte Art competition in parallel, where our baristas show us their most creative, ingenious and downright beautiful, milky masterpieces.

Entries are whittled down by an internal judging panel and an external social media vote, to leave us with three Latte Art finalists. They will then showcase their creations at the Champion of Champions event, where the audience vote for their favourite design.

Why is this competition so important to us? Because we want to further our commitment to crafting great tasting coffee, to celebrate the art of coffee making and to champion the incredible work of the people who help to make Costa Coffee the Nation's Favourite* coffee shop.