Competitions

WBC Day Two Continued

The competition continues to roll on, and we’re now down to the final three competitors of the afternoon. Then the 12 semifinalists will be announced later this afternoon. I can honestly say Y that after watching almost all of the competitors more than 12 deserve to move on, but that’s … Read more →

WBC Day Two

As suspected, as the day has progressed, the stands have started to fill up, and the atmosphere is becoming more charged. Luis Fernando Velez, the godfather of the barista movement here in Colombia, actually just confessed to me that he’s a little worried for tomorrow and Sunday because local media … Read more →

WBC Day One Done – Day Two Begun

Day one finished in epic style yesterday with terrific performances by the baristas from Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Japan, surrounding a rousing, raucous reception for the hometown favorite, Lina Zea from right here in Bogota. The stands were packed, and it felt more like a finals atmosphere than the first … Read more →

WBC Day One Continued

Well we’ve made it through 22 competitors so far today with another seven to go. The audience has steadily built throughout the day, so by the time the weekend rolls around, this place is going to be packed. Here are some shots from the competition area and around the show.

WBC 2011 – Day One

Well it’s finally here. The first-ever WBC held in producing country is officially underway. The competition began at eight this morning and is scheduled to run through five this evening with 27 national champions taking the stage. Though the ExpoEspeciales trade show hasn’t opened yet, there are still quite a … Read more →

Barista Meet and Greet

A staple of any WBC is the barista meet and greet party, so last night after the day wrapped up at the competition space, we boarded buses and headed across town. So sure, it wasn’t exactly a quick trip through Bogota rush hour traffic, but after an hour and a … Read more →

Barista introductions underway

The WBC is really underway today with judges’ calibration already happening in a room upstairs from the competition area, and all of the national champions are now here, and the official introductions have begun. This is an amazing competition space. It’s the largest we’ve ever seen, with three competition stations … Read more →

WBC Coffee Tour Day 2

So last night we were treated to a performance at the Juan Valdez theme park of its interpretive dance history of coffee. Then the FNC and The coffee council of Quindio hosted a dinner in the park. Though many of us were looking forward to a ride on La Broca … Read more →

WBC coffee tour

Sorry for the brevity of the prior post. Things move pretty fast around here. We split into two groups at the Bogota airport, and one group header to Perria, and the other, my group, jetted off to Armenia. It’s a short flight (35 minutes) or a long drive between the … Read more →

WBC week underway

Well it’s about five forty-five here in bogota and we’re at the airport ready to begin a truly unique experience for the WBC. Numerous barista champions and a few lucky guests, like myself, are taking off for a two-day coffee tour. The group of some 140 people are heading out. … Read more →

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