For the first time in the United States, Starbucks is officially challenging their partners to make the best latte art, espresso drinks, and be even more knowledgeable about coffee.
Joshua Meekins, a talented Starbucks barista for Sodexo at Liberty University, won for Virginia during the primary stages of the Starbucks Barista Championship.
Challengers must be able to create a perfect flat white, create a beautiful custom hot espresso beverage, and talk about the core Starbucks coffees in a knowledgeable way and to guide a customer in picking out a perfect at-home coffee.
“Liberty’s Starbucks proved itself as a training ground for young talent by participating and Josh has made us incredibly proud for representing the location with great talent and skill,” said Sodexo District Manager Anthony M Delligatti. “This achievement also underlines the high quality of the location on Liberty’s campus as well as showing the significance of Liberty across the country as a campus with talented coffee baristas.”
Meekins was selected from eight participants in Virginia and Tennessee. He and another semifinalist from Tennessee were reviewed for their performance by the Starbucks regional manager, who then chose who advances to the next level of competition in Atlanta.