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Here we are! It’s crazy to believe that we made it to this point after three long days of preliminary competition. There are probably 1000 people packed into this small, tight room. First things first: the judges are: WBC Final Round Judges Head Judge: Justin Metcalf, Australia Technical Judge: Arthur … Read more →

Our 2008 WBC Finalists

Was it the heat in the WBC area multiplied by the hundred of people who showed up to hear the announcement of the barista championship finalists, or simply the knot of emotion about what was to come in the pits of all of our stomachs that made the experience of … Read more →

Some scenes from the WBC…

We’ve shown you photos of each competitor, but of course there is a lot more going on here that you haven’t seen, so as we wait for the announcement of the six barista champions who will go on to vie it out in the final round tomorrow, we thought we’d … Read more →

Competitors #49—#52

#49 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF IRELAND STEPHEN MORRISSEY I was lucky enough to score a shot of Stephen’s espresso this morning back in the prep room, and man, it blew me away. Soooo sweet, so deep and complex. Roasted by Anette, who roasted James’ WBC-winning espresso last year, the coffee is … Read more →

Competitors #44—#48

#44 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF THAILAND SIRITHAI RANGJANTHUEK There are really very few women in this years WBC, but I’m happy t see that Sirthai is one of them. She’s quite the professional, and a darling in person, too. She breaks out the Terra cups, and she’s wowwing the crowd with … Read more →

Competitors #39—#43

#39 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF BRAZIL EVERTON PENNING PETER Everton’s giving us a great way to start the day: peppy, sultry Brazilian music and a bright set-up studded with red: red tamper, red grinder, red daisies on the tabe. He tells the judges that everything in use in his performance is … Read more →

Getting started on Day 3

There are still 14 competitors to go today, day three of the preliminary round of the World Barista Championship, but the electricity in the air is all about what’s coming at the end of the day: the announcement of the six barista champions who will compete in the final round … Read more →

Competitors #34—#38

#34 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF KOREA JUNG-HYUN YOO WBC judge Brent Fortune went to Korea for the national championship recently (read abut it in the June-July 2008 issue of Barista Magazine) and was totally blown away by Jung-Hyun, both because of his skills and because of his warm disposition. Brent said … Read more →

Competitors #29—#33

#29 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF PUERTO RICO EDWIN AGUAYA Edwin is an engaging guy right off the bat, but unfortunately, hes off to a rocky start: seems he forgot to unload a bunch of equipment from his cart during his set-up time, so when he approaches the judges’ table at the … Read more →

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