Competitions

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 →

Baristas Around the World

Announcement to the barista powers that be: No more events allowed between June 2 and June 5—got it? Not only is the World Barista Championship kicking off in Bogota, Colombia, on June 2— and not only is the New World Latte Art Championship rearing up at Coffee Fest San Diego … Read more →

USBC Final Standings

Final Round 1—Pete Licata, Honolulu Coffee Company, Honolulu, Hawaii—658 2—Nikolas Krankl, Gelato Bar & Espresso Caffe, Los Angeles, California—632.5 3—Ryan Knapp, MadCap Coffee Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan—623 4—Trevor Corlett, MadCap Coffee Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan—604.5 5—Lorenzo Perkins, Caffe Medici, Austin, Texas—585.5 6—Kevin Bohlin, Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, California—567.5 Semi-final … Read more →

NERBC Rocks! A Report by Michelle Foster

The final 2011 regional just wrapped up, effectively launching the competition season to the United States Barista Championship (USBC) in Houston (t minus-two weeks and counting). The Northeast Regional, hosted graciously by Dallis Bros. Coffee, effectively combined the New England area and a few outlying states (Ohio, some would argue … Read more →

NERBC—Last Regional before the USBC!

Tomorrow will be a momentous day—the start of the final Regional Barista Competition (RBC) of 2011, leading up to the United States Barista Championship (USBC) in Houston April 28–May 1! I won’t say we saved the best for last with the Northeast Regional Barista Competition (NERBC)—set to kick off tomorrow, … Read more →

South Central Regional in Full Effect!

It’s the second-to-last Regional Barista Competition of 2011—that means we’re really close to the United States Barista Championship! And the states represented in the South Central Regional are home to some of the best baristas in the country, so this weekend’s competition—which kicked off today in St. Louis, Missouri—are very … Read more →

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