Agnieszka Rojewska, from Poland, was named this year’s Coffee Master at the recent London Coffee Festival, making her the first ever female to win the esteemed title.
Each year, The London and New York Coffee Festivals welcome baristas from around the world to compete in Coffee Masters, a global championship that sees the world’s very best battle it out for the prestigious title and a £5,000 prize. This year, 24 baristas from across the world took to the stage where they were tasked with showcasing their skills in a series of head-to-head challenges.
Rojewska dazzled judges over seven key disciplines. Her winning signature drink was a take on the gin and tonic, using a pour-over of her Ugandan coffee from the Mzungu Project, roasted by Gardelli Specialty Coffees. Rojewska is the four-time Polish Latte Art Champion and has won the Polish Barista Championship three times. It’s the second time she has competed in the final of Coffee Masters, having lost to Erica Lee Vonie last year in New York.
Rojewska said: “I always thought that Coffee Masters was a competition for coffee superheroes, with superhuman abilities. When I decided to compete, I didn’t even dream that I could reach a final, let alone win it. To come out on top in this international competition, at one of the biggest events I’ve ever seen, is a huge milestone in my coffee career.”
Jeffrey Young, founder of The London Coffee Festival, added: “To become the Coffee Master, the barista needs to show a great level of consistency in all areas from cupping, to brewing, to creating their own signature drink. Agineszka is extremely talented and has proved her knowledge, skill and creativity this weekend, so huge congratulations.”