Competitions

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 →

Online Latte Art Contest

The online magazine Salon is holding a latte art contest. They’re looking for photos of the best pours (though etching is allowed too), with a chance to win some fine Bodum products. Ok, so it’s not the New World Latte Art Championship with a top prize of $2,500, but hey, … Read more →

South Africa Barista Championship

[Sarah Robinson of Bean There contributed the following piece about the 2011 South Africa Barista Championship] South Africa’s representative for the World Barista Championship in Bogota, Colombia was determined in Johannesburg from 13 to 15 March 2011. The country’s top 18 baristas from three regions, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng, … Read more →

Japanese Latte Art Championship

I’m happy to share some good news from Japan. This competition took place before the incredibly tragic earthquake and tsunami last week, of course. Mr. Ueno from Japan emailed Richard from Espresso Supply these photos, and I’m happy to be able to share them here with our readers. Cheers to … Read more →

Bravo, AnneStine, and More Competitions!

I was excited to read that our friends at The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark, had coffee used by not one, not two, but all three of the top three finishers in the Danish Barista Championship this past weekend in Århus. The winner was AnneStine Bae, who came in second … Read more →

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