A BARISTA loves her job so much that she decided to get two coffee tattoos on her arm.
Lucy White was ranked as one of the best in the world after she entered a latte art competition for worldwide shop Costa.
Lucy, 27, works in the Palmerston Road branch in Southsea. When she was named among the top eight in the world for her latte art, she decided to get it tattooed on her wrist, alongside the Costa coffee beans logo.
Latte art is the skill of designing patterns on the top of a latte with milk.
Lucy, who has been working for the company for the past three years, said: ‘I love Costa and I love my job. I wanted something to represent my pride and passion and I thought it would be a good thing to do.’
Lucy said the tattoos, which took around an hour each, were worth it.
I love Costa and I love my job. I wanted something to represent my pride and passion and I thought it would be a good thing to doLucy White
‘It was really painful. I really did hurt but I knew it would be worth it in the end.
‘I have had mixed reviews. The majority of people love it. They think it’s a good thing and they want it too.
‘If I have done something that I am proud of, why not show it?’
Lucy started off by working at a branch on the Isle of Wight, where she is originally from.
She then moved to Gunwharf Quays before joining the Palmerston Road branch.
She added that working at Costa had changed her life.
‘I know there is a bit of a stigma about big chain companies, but I can’t fault them.’
‘Three years ago before I joined Costa, I was reserved and it wasn’t something I ever thought I would do.
‘My confidence has grown so much.
‘I am doing things I never dreamed I would do. I have come a long way with my personal development.’
Lucy is the assistant manager at the branch and is also an ambassador for Costa.
She spends time travelling around the country training other employees how to make the perfect coffee and how to make new drinks.
Lucy said there was a lot of skill involved when it came to latte art.
‘It’s the way you pour it. You have got to have a lot of control. It’s about the skill in pouring the milk. It seems easy – but it’s not.’
Jim Slater, managing director at Costa, said: ‘It takes time, training and dedication to be a Costa barista.
‘We want all of our teams to enjoy their time with Costa and hopefully create the occasional little moment of happiness for our customers too.’