Crimson Cup Sponsors First-Ever Barista Competition in Bangladesh

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Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea, Sanremo Coffee Machines and 3S recently sponsored the first barista competition in Bangladesh, with 16 local baristas vying for a prize of 50,000 Bangladeshi taka (about $600). Shurov Islam of Trouville Cafe took home grand-prize honors, while his colleague Debobrata Bakshi won the second-place prize.

Bangladesh Barista Competition

Bangladesh Barista Competition

Traditionally a tea-drinking country, Bangladesh has only begun to develop a coffee culture in the past decade. It was exciting to see that local baristas have begun to develop world-class coffee skills.

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, in partnership with Sanremo Coffee Machines and 3S, recently sponsored the first-ever barista competition in Bangladesh.

Vying for a grand prize of 50,000 Bangladeshi taka (about $600), 16 local baristas displayed their skills in espresso preparation and latte art. Shurov Islam of Trouville Café took home grand-prize honors, while his colleague Debobrata Bakshi won the second-place prize of a trip to Bangkok and training at the Sanremo offices there.

“Traditionally a tea-drinking country, Bangladesh has only begun to develop a coffee culture in the past decade,” said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert, who was one of three competition judges. “It was exciting to see that local baristas have begun to develop world-class coffee skills.”

In 2015, Crimson Cup opened the first Crimson Cup Coffee House in Bangladesh as a franchise in partnership with Managing Directors Mohaimin Mostafa and Rehanur Rahman; Managing Partners Tareq Rafi Bhuiyan and his wife, Ayesha Rawshan Bhuiyan; and Investors Sarfaraz Anwar Upol, his wife, Shahana Mirza Asha, and her brothers Mirza Abdul Khaled and Mirza Abdul Khales. Several of the partners absorbed American coffee culture while studying in campus coffee houses as foreign exchange students in the U.S. Returning to Bangladesh, they saw an opportunity to capitalize on the growing popularity of American-style coffee in their predominantly tea-drinking country.

Today, Crimson Cup BD operates four coffeehouses in the capital city of Dhaka, including three full-services locations in the Banani, Danmondi and Uttara neighborhoods as well as a coffee kiosk in the Banglalink telecommunications offices at Tiger’s Den, 3 Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Sarak.

Competition judge Steve Bayless, a 7 Steps Trainer for Crimson Cup, has trained the baristas at all Crimson Cup BD locations. “I’m pleased to see the baristas continue to prepare great espressos, lattes and other coffee drinks to SCA standards,” he said.

Ubert said he hopes to make the Bangladeshi Barista Competition an annual event.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea was Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches, which it sells directly to consumers and as wholesale coffee beans. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com.

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