We celebrate the Stellarossa Barista Competition Champions!


J Steinhardt (Stellarossa Green Square), and Shannon Hendry (Stellarossa Warner), came in runner-up and third place respectively, with Anna Leadley (Stellarossa Yarrabilba) and Emma Landsdowne (Stellarossa Nerang) rounding out the Top Five Baristas in the Network.

Our best five baristas in the network gathered in late September at Stellarossa Head Quarters in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane for a high-pressure test of some exceptional barista skills. To make it to the Top Five, they had to endure a rigorous round of in-store heats in the months prior to the finals, which saw a total of 45 baristas compete across the network.

The quality of beverages produced, and the skills displayed by all on the day, is a clear demonstration of the exceptional standard of coffee and beverage production in the Stellarossa Café network of 22 stores across QLD.

At Stellarossa, we pride ourselves on providing guests with the very best quality coffee every time they visit a store, and judging by the comments and hype from guests on the local Facebook pages, the finalists have been well selected for their delivery of this promise!

All five were tested in their practical coffee making including;

  • Espresso technical skills;
  • Milk perfection;
  • End product consistency;
  • Cleanliness and attention to detail, and;
  • A sensory element considering coffee appearance, flavour and aroma.

How else were they scored in the competition?

The scoring process by the judges is almost a mystery to those outside the coffee industry. The best way to describe it is to think how you’d judge a fine wine, but add to that a theory component, testing the barista’s ability provide a warm guest experience and share their coffee knowledge. The theory judging was broken into;

  • Coffee knowledge;
  • Guest experience and communication skills, and;
  • Overall confidence in their role as Stella Coffee Aficionados!

It was a wonderful day, and a true joy watching our professionals at work when they’re so genuinely passionate about their craft.

Your daily brew is in exceptional hands!