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ACHIEVEMENT: InterCon’s Hansini Awarded 2017 Barista of the Year

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is proud of its resident coffee expert, Hansini Gounder. Ms Gounder won the title of “2017 Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year” at the
28 Nov 2017 12:11
ACHIEVEMENT: InterCon’s Hansini Awarded  2017 Barista of the Year
Hansini Gounder. Photo: InterContinental Golf Resort and Spa

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is proud of its resident coffee expert, Hansini Gounder.

Ms Gounder won the title of “2017 Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year” at the annual Moffat National Salon Culinaire Competition recently.

She is a friendly face at Sanasana Restaurant and is well known for her high level of skill when brewing gourmet coffee.

Ms Gounder has been satisfying our resort guests with her delicious coffee since 2012 and this award is a testimony of her passion and dedication to the art of coffee-making.

Qualifying rounds for the 2017 Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year began in early August with participants from the Coral Coast region competing in various challenges.  Finalists were then invited to showcase their barista skills at the finals held at the Warwick Fiji Resort.

To win, Ms Gounder had to demonstrate her skillset by preparing two flat whites, two espressos’ and two lattes of exceptional taste; and then clean her work station within a 20 minute timeframe.

“I’m still so surprised that I have won Barista of the Year! The whole journey for me during this time has been nothing short of amazing; from competing with other established baristas from all over Fiji to the amount of personal training I had to get ready,” says Ms Hansini.

“I’m truly grateful to my family, friends and to my fellow colleagues at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa who have given me so much support along the way.”

“We have a lot of coffee enthusiasts who need caffeine throughout the day, and it is my pleasure to provide that energy boost to soothe any coffee connoisseur.

“Together with the perfect cup of coffee, I believe that a smile and personality go a long way in determining true hospitality offered here on Natadola Bay,” adds Ms Hansini.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa director of Dining and Entertainment Craig Wood, said: “I am continually amazed by the outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication displayed by Hansini and our entire dining experience service team at the resort.

“We endeavour daily to deliver exceptional experiences to our guests and credit our achievements to the tireless hard work of our colleagues, whose renowned Fijian hospitality continues to mark and showcase InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa as a premium luxury destination in Fiji to the rest of the world.”



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