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Meet the Starbucks MENA Champions!

Thursday, 9th of July 2015 - Posted by Christine Lippincott – Learning & Development Manager, Starbucks MENA

Every day, Starbucks serves millions of beverages to its customers around the world – and each cup is individually handcrafted by our Starbucks baristas.

We take our coffee very seriously, so all our baristas receive ongoing training that helps them to become experts on coffee beans, coffee history and coffee preparation skills. Some baristas go on to achieve Starbucks' highest qualification: Coffee Master. However, now there is an even higher level of recognition for our baristas: Starbucks Barista Champion!

On June 9, top baristas from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates gathered at the Starbucks Middle East & North Africa headquarters in Kuwait for our first Barista Championship competition.

Baristas Aimalyn Sayson, Barjien Tanjilil, Dipen Bista, Kassandra Blanca Ignacio, Khay Santos, Kodmous Ayyoub, Marian Rizkahllah, Mary Joy Tandiama and Mohammad Hadeed competed over five intense rounds for the titles of MENA Barista Champion - Northern Markets, and MENA Barista Champion – Southern Markets.

The competition tested the full scope of our baristas’ know-how, including bar skills, coffee tasting, random coffee tasting (our Lucky Dip!), handcrafting Starbucks signature beverages and a championship coffee quiz. For example, baristas used different brewing methods to prepare three different types of coffee bean and pair them with accompanying foods such as dates, citrus fruits and cheese. Meanwhile, tThe Signature Beverage Round challenged competitors to create a completely new beverage.

After a hard-fought competition, Mary Joy Tandiama from the UAE was crowned the MENA Barista Champion – Southern Markets, while Khay Santos emerged as MENA Barista Champion – Northern Markets.

Mary Joy and Khay's journey has only just begun! Our Barista Champions will now head to London, UK in August to compete against 21 other baristas from across Europe for the title of 2015 EMEA Barista Champion.

Join us in wishing them the best of luck!

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The stuff that summer dreams are made of

Sunday, 21st of June 2015 - Posted by Imad Raslan, External Communications Manager, Starbucks MENA

The stuff that summer dreams are made of

Summer holidays are around the corner, and our minds are starting to wander off to dreams of glorious vacations. But if you’re a fan of Starbucks Frappuccino®, summer holidays may not be the only thing you should be looking forward to. Yes, it’s time for one of our summer favourites to come out to play again: the Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino®!

The Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino® is the stuff that summer dreams are made of. This dreamy treat is smooth, chocolaty, crunchy and creamy, all at the same time. Handcrafted by your barista, Mocha Cookie Crumble is made with rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, and chocolate chips, blended together with roast coffee, milk, and ice. The blend is then topped with chocolate whipped cream and a generous sprinkle of chocolate cookie crumbles. There aren’t too many better ways to beat the heat this summer!

You can also customise your favourite Frappuccino® so you have your favourite drink just the way you like it. Your Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino® can be made with Starbucks Origin Espresso, or, for non-coffee drinkers, you can ask for a Mocha Cookie Crumble Cream Frappuccino®.

But wait – there’s more. We have two new summer specials to announce: Mango Passion Fruit Juice Blend and Mixed Berry Juice Blend, which are being introduced across the Middle East and Africa region for the first time. Both flavours are blended with ice to keep you cool.

For our coffee connoisseurs, there are two Starbucks Origin Espresso coffees to choose from: Peru Amazonas, a unique coffee with sparkling highlights and flavours of toasted black walnut and burnt sugar; and Columbia Tolima, grown in the rugged, mountainous area of central-western Colombia, Columbia Tolima is a little less acidic in taste and has subtle undertones of toasted walnuts and cocoa.

May all your summer dreams come true!

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Making a difference

Thursday, 18th of June 2015 - Posted by Zaid Al Bitar - Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Starbucks MENA

Making a difference

Starbucks believes in making a difference in the communities we serve. While we try to do this all year round, once a year we dedicate a whole month to community service.

It’s called the Starbucks Global Month of Service, and during this time, we invite partners (employees) and customers across the world to volunteer their time to support community service projects in the places that we do business. It’s one of the ways we try to support local communities, but is also a great way of encouraging our partners, customers and the public to develop a greater understanding of local community issues.

Our annual Global Month of Service has been a part of Starbucks culture for five years now, and this year, more than 1,000 Starbucks partners and customers from around the MENA region volunteered nearly 8,000 hours of their time to local community projects in Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Furthermore, in addition to our partners (employees) and customers, local suppliers were invited to help organize bigger projects that add greater value to the local communities we mutually serve. As a result, 30 of our local suppliers joined hands with us and made direct contributions by sending their own volunteers and providing logistical support for our projects.

All our community projects this year aimed to support children, and we identified four community projects specifically to support organisations helping children with special needs.

  • In Jeddah, 100 partners and customers joined hands with the Municipality of Jeddah and the Saudi Autism Center to help promote Autism Awareness Month. Starbucks partners also volunteered at the Saudi Autism Center to help renovate the center’s facilities and supply new equipment.
  • In Salmiyah, Kuwait, Starbucks volunteers helped to renovate the Vocational Rehabilitation Center.
  • In Bahrain, our team of volunteers helped renovate the Al Rashid Center for Autism.
  • In the UAE, partners and customers volunteered to renovate the interior and exterior of Dubai Center for Special Needs, including the center’s play area and swimming pool.

In other projects across the region, Starbucks partners and customers joined hands with Al Khor Academy in Qatar to help plant the school's surrounding gardens, helping pupils connect with nature and learn a little about plants in the process. In Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the team helped renovate the Dar Al Ma’arif School library.

We also tried to inspire young people to think about global issues. In Riyadh, our partners and customers engaged with students at King Saud International School to discuss solutions to global issues such as peace and sustainability.

All of these projects were deeply rewarding for both the participants and the beneficiaries. So while our Global Month of Service is over for 2015, Starbucks supports ongoing community initiatives throughout the year. So, if you are interested in volunteering for a good cause, please do get in touch!

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