How to Brew a Champion

Phuti, the EMEA Barista Champion for 2022, shares his journey of striving for success. Overcoming his shyness, he found his stride at Starbucks, where he thrived through the support of his fellow partners who helped him achieve his coffee goals.

Starbucks South Africa established the Black Apron Coffee Master’s Squad, known as the Black Mambas, with the mission to strengthen coffee knowledge and create a culture of warmth and belonging. Starbucks partner Ishan (aka Mr. Miyagi), their mentor, emphasises routine, consistency, preparation, and genuine human connection as keys to success.

Phuti's triumph in Milan at the 2022 Barista Championship final, supported by his fellow partners Ishan and Teddy, showcases the power of perseverance and a strong support system; ultimately, 'How to Brew a Champion'.