A Khayelitsha woman, Ziyanda Gcwabe, has been named the best barrister in the country by CapeGate Mediclinic’s Coffee Couture.The 35-year-old walked away with the honours during a contest held in Johannesburg on Wednesday 20 November. She said she had stiff competition from other barristers within the mediclinic group.Gcwabe started working at Coffee Couture in 2014 with no barrister experience. She relied on a colleague to help her better her coffee-making skills. “When I first started working here I was trained by a colleague who no longer works with us anymore,” she said.Gcwabe said she never entered the contest, but her new trainer Bongeka Ncuku-Mahlasela organised her entry. She said Ncuku-Mahlasela kept taking pictures of her work and sending them to the organisers. “Bongi is the one who kept me under her wing and trained me very well and I repaid her dedication by winning the best barrister of Coffee Couture award,” she said.Gcwabe said she was ranked number three prior to the competition. “I was really scared during the competition but once I saw what others were doing I saw that I can win,” said Gcwabe.She said that her competitors were missing some steps when making espresso and cappuccino. That proved to be her masterstroke as she went step-by-step to ensure she produced the best coffee.Gcwabe won a trophy, cash and braai stand. She hopes by winning the competition more doors will open for her.