Coffee roaster and supplier Mozzo have released details of their 2015 Barista of the Year Award winner Millie Povey, who won a trip of a lifetime to see coffee production first-hand in Ethiopia, the home of coffee and currently the world's seventh largest producer of coffee.
Last October, Povey a third year front of house graduate from Westminster Kingsway College, attended the trip accompanied by Acorn Award winner Danielle Faustino, head of coffee for Mozzo. The trip was organised by coffee merchants and close partners of Mozzo, DR Wakefield, with the visitors hosted in Ethiopia by the Oromia Coffee Farmers' Cooperative Union.
Povey and Faustino experienced the whole coffee journey across the Sidamo and Yirgacheffe areas from seeing coffee seedlings in nurseries and visiting four farms, to processing and washing stations, through to milling, grading, a visit to an auction house and then on to see how it all culminates in export.
"I had the most amazing time visiting Ethiopia with Mozzo," said Povey. "It was a great insight into the industry and seeing the product in its natural state. It was particularly interesting to see the washing stations. Visiting a country like Ethiopia was also a great experience in itself. It's a beautiful country, full of lovely people, and they have pretty good coffee too!"
This prize went to Povey as the highest achiever within the third year students (front of house) where she excelled in her performance with regards to coffee. Mozzo run bespoke barista courses with the college for second and third year students. The courses are designed by Faustino and are based on the Coffee Diploma System developed by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).
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