Dubai: Best baristas in UAE to compete in national championship

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UAE National Barista Championship opens on January 21

The best baristas in the UAE will showcase their talents in the UAE National Barista Championship and UAE National Latte Art Championship this January.

The competitions are part of the World of Coffee 2024, in collaboration with the Specialty Coffee Association, at the Dubai World Trade Centre from January 21 to 23. The event will be held in Za’abeel Halls 4, 5, and 6. Registration is open via

The UAE National Barista Championship will convene the best baristas in the UAE to exhibit their talents and capabilities in front of thousands of experts, specialists, and enthusiasts. An international team of judges will evaluate the participants based on the quality of the beverage, presentation technique, creativity, and technical proficiency.

“The championship aims to underscore the barista profession and elevate the level of excellence in the coffee sector by offering experts the opportunity to exhibit their skills and innovative approaches,” organisers said.

World of Coffee 2024 will also set the stage for the World Barista Championship, one of the most renowned international coffee competitions, in which winners of the national barista championships held across the globe will compete on a global level.

As part of the competition, each participant will be allocated 15 minutes to present an array of coffee beverages, accompanied by special music tunes, that suit every taste including espresso drinks, milk-based drinks, and four original beverages for the judges. The entries will be assessed considering specific rules and standards set by the World Barista Championship.

The UAE National Latte Art Championship will exhibit the artistic and creative capabilities of baristas in the preparation of lattes. During the competition, a judging panel will evaluate entries based on visual and creative aspects, with a key focus on diversity in styles and overall taste. The championship will be conducted following the specific judging rules, regulations, and standards used in global coffee events.

“Such tournaments and competitions signify our vision to position Dubai as one of the most active regional centres for fostering innovation and excellence in the coffee sector and offering a dynamic platform for skilled individuals to exhibit their expertise in the field as well as to elevate barista techniques and skills. Aside from providing these benefits, it also gives remarkable experience to coffee lovers,” said Khalid Al Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of the Specialty Coffee Association – UAE Chapter.

The World of Coffee will also be hosting two other competitions: Coffee Design Awards and Best New Product. These competitions aim to recognize and celebrate innovation, promote collaboration, and explore industry prospects. The Coffee Design Awards will showcase participants’ inspiring designs, including packaging, designing brand logos, equipment, and space decor, evaluated by an expert panel. The Best New Product competition highlights innovative and high-value new products in the coffee industry. ICA/Expat Media

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