Compass appoints 'coffee star' to 'strengthen' coffee training

21/02/2019 - 06:00
Services provider, Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed ‘coffee star’ Sonali Tailor as its coffee education and training manager.

Tailor has experience as an accredited Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) trainer in Barista Skills and Brewing and it is hopes she will ‘drive’ the Compass Barista Academy programme forward.

Steve Lovegrove, head of business excellence, central marketing at Compass, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Sonali has joined the team, it’s a bit of a coup securing her services with her wealth of experience and infectious enthusiasm for the coffee industry.

“It’s an exciting time for the Barista Academy and training is a priority for 2019. We want to deliver our customers great tasting coffee served by knowledgeable, experienced and friendly baristas, and we have no doubt Sonali will be fundamental in helping us achieve this goal.”

As well as mentoring the Master Barista group, Tailor will develop barista training modules and running motivational engagement days.

In addition, she will put together a team of coffee experts to compete in high-profile competitions such as the UK Barista Championships, Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters. 

She added: “Compass offers a unique proposition through its Master Barista Programme. Through the collaboration of suppliers, sponsors and the SCA this industry leading programme provides our baristas with the very best training available.

“The company matches my hunger and commitment to strive for continued improvement and growth. Compass is really leading the way, and I’m genuinely excited to be on board as we continue to raise the bar ever higher together.”

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