Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue baristas nationwide have pitted their skills against their peers in the brands’ national coffee competition. Giving local baristas the chance to showcase their skills nationwide, it’s the brands’ first national barista competition in more than five years. Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue national operations manager Jon Hassall said the competition shows the brands’ commitment to quality. “We offer ongoing support to our franchisees in development and training and we see this competition as a way to recognise success,” said Hassall.

In association with Goodman Fielder, competition judges have toured the country for the past two months assessing coffees.  The brands’ baristas made three cups each of long blacks, cappuccinos, piccolos and flat whites. Four finalists were selected where they competed in Auckland in front of World Barista Championship Judge, assessor and Altura Coffee master roaster, Chris White.