Congratulations Tahir! Barista Tahir Tasli from Gloria Jean’s Coffees Cyprus – Kaner Group was crowned our International Barista Champion for 2012.
Up against fierce competition from the world’s top baristas, Tahir Tasli from Gloria Jean’s Coffees Cyprus - Kaner Group received the highest recognition at our 2012 International Barista Championship, which was held in beautiful Jaipur, India. Tahir represented the European region at the International competition.
Tahir Tasli was honoured to receive the title amongst his peers and thanked his Master Franchise Partner and Trainer Guliz and Eda for their support. He competed with his baby son and wife in mind, which is a true love story, having met his wife at Gloria Jean’s Coffees Cyprus – Kaner Group, years earlier.
“Thank you to my support team who have helped me craft and perfect my skills. I’m very proud to receive this title,” said Mr. Tasli.
Renowned coffee expert and industry professional Lance Brown, from Lion was a judge at the competition, and was thrilled to see the level of skill showcased by Tahir and the finalists from around the world.
“The competition this year was exceptional - it’s great to see the high caliber of baristas that are representing the brand worldwide,” said Mr. Brown.
During the two hour final, the six baristas each served the panel of judges’ four espressos, four lattes and four signature beverages - a total of 12 drinks during a period of 15 minutes or less.
Tahir reached the finals as the representative for the European Region. Finalists in the competition came from each region across the world. Congratulations to our finalists - Australia and the Pacific: Nathan Trebbin, Asia: Suhaime Mohktar, The Americas: Chris Patnaude and India and the Middle East: Claude Johnsom.