Top 12 Moments from the Past 12 Months

As we head into a new decade, we take a look back at some highlights from Starbucks in 2019 across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

EMEA Barista Championship 2019

South Africa’s Teddy Nzama was named the 2019 Starbucks Barista Champion in EMEA – beating out 30,000 of his global peers to claim top honours.

Malta welcomed their first customers

The island nation became Starbucks 80th global market, opening a stunning first store on Malta's historic Valleta Waterfront.

12 Winners of the NextGen Cup Challenge Announced

Half the winning innovators from countries in EMEA. The NextGen Cup Challenge is an open-sourced, global innovation challenge to redesign the fiber to-go cup and create a widely recyclable and/or compostable cup.

Introduced the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan

Starbucks UK announced a programme that sees 100% tuition coverage for online university degree programmes with Arizona State University (ASU) for eligible partners (employees).

We Celebrated World Refugee Day

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, what your background is or who you are, you’re always welcome here”. Meet London Barista Sam, here.

5 Cent Cup Charge Launched in Germany

Committed to reducing our environmental impact, Germany launched a 5 cent cup charge in Hamburg and Berlin, following the success of the programme in the United Kingdom.

Starbucks Delivers Arrived in EMEA

Starbucks customers can now get their coffee orders delivered direct to their office or front door in seven countries across the region.

First Ever Airport Reusable Cup trial at Gatwick Airport in London

Saudi Arabia's first Female Coffee Master and National Barista Champion

When asked what it takes to become a champion, Najeeba, from Saudi Arabia, stated: "you need passion first, your heart, your team and — practice, practice, practice. Passion can make miracles.”

Spain became the fifth country to launch Action Against Hunger Food Waste Initiative

During the last hour of trading, Starbucks stores in Spain are offering any fresh food nearing expiry at half price.

100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to Action Against Hunger, a leading humanitarian organisation, to fund its childhood malnutrition projects worldwide.

35 Million Paper Cups will be recycled through the UK Cup Fund

EMEA Went Wild for the Scarily Good Phantom Frappuccino