Competitions

What’s up, Southeast?

From everything we can tell about the buzz surrounding the Southeast Regional Barista Competition—which kicks off tomorrow in Atlanta—is this mutha’s gonna be epic! There are 30–count ‘em–30 competitors signed up for this weekend’s Southeast Regional Barista Competition, and they include such heavy hitters as reigning SE Regional Champ, my … Read more →

Regional Barista Comp Dates Released!

We’re so excited to hear from Marcus at the Specialty Coffee Association of America that the dates for four of the six 2012 Regional Barista Competitions have been released! They are as follows… JANUARY 26-29 Northwest Regional Barista Competition, hosted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters Tacoma, Washington (Judges training Jan. 26; … Read more →

Colombia Revisited

No doubt the World Barista Championship held in Bogotá, Colombia this past June was one of the best ever. Not only with the winning barista hailing from a producing country (you can read all about Alejandro in the current issue of Barista Magazine) but with the event held in a … Read more →

WCE Events in Maastricht

The World Coffee Events championships—World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Ibrik, World Cup Tasters, and World Brewer’s Cup—just wrapped up yesterday in Maastricht, the Netherlands. We’re eagerly anticipating details and photos! (Note: I can’t find a single current photo from this year’s competitions online anywhere! So if … Read more →

2011 WBC Final Standings

It was a helluva competition in Bogota. One of the best I’ve ever had the opportunity to cover. And the Finals round was simply out of this world in the level of competition, professionalism, and enthusiasm on display by each of the baristas. Here are the final standings and scores … Read more →

Your 2011 World Barista Champion!!!!

The first WBC held in a producing country was history making in more ways than one. For the first time the WBC has produced a champion from a coffee producing country! It may have been El Salvador’s first trip to the finals, but Alejandro Mendez didn’t show an ounce of … Read more →

2011 WBC Finalist Número Seis

The final competitor of the 2011 WBC just wrapped up his performance. Pete Licata, US barista champion, delivered another stellar routine, in which he features and explains in depth the process he went through to find, process, blend and roast all of the coffees in his routine. Pete is based … Read more →

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