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Aramark Announces its Barista Champion

Aimi Sano named winner of the National Barista Competition

Wednesday, 9 November 2022: Aramark has named Aimi Sano as Aramark Ireland's Barista Champion, after she beat off stiff competition from ten other talented baristas from across Ireland   


The grand final, which was held in Bewley’s head office in Northern Cross, marked the end of a highly competitive journey which saw baristas from across the country showcasing their skill and creative flair to secure the coveted title. Winner Aimi, who is from Japan, is a full-time Barista in Galway University Hospital.


The annual competition is designed to showcase the talent, passion and expertise of Aramark’s baristas. Forming part of its popular Brew School Programme, the championship recognises and awards those skilled in the art of coffee preparation.  


During this year’s exciting final, each competitor was tasked with creating the best latte art. They were evaluated by a judging panel, who marked competitors on skill and taste, as well as overall presentation technique.  


Each of the judges remarked on the impressive skill and passion displayed during the final. When announcing the winner, they cited Aimi’s clear passion for coffee and talent as the deciding factor.  


Speaking after her win Aimi said, “It was a wonderful experience to get to visit the factory, see the beans before they are roasted, and observe the roasting process. In addition, I was able to have valuable experiences such as the method of cupping using a single origin and of course the latte art competition. I can't wait for the next one"



About Aramark Ireland:

The business of Aramark Ireland includes food services, facilities management, and workplace solutions, as well as property services, and retail, including Avoca. Aramark employs over 16,000 people throughout Northern Europe, with 5,000 employed in Ireland. We operate across 900 sites for 600 clients in Northern Europe. Aramark originally entered the Irish marketplace in 1967, with Aramark Food Services, now one of the leading experts in the catering industry with over 50 years’ experience. At Aramark, our goal is to have an impact wherever people work, learn, recover, or play.

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