Competitions

Next Up ¡Finals!

Twenty-six competitors have competed over the last two days here in Mexico City for the Ninth Annual Mexican Barista Championship. And as with any competition, there have been amazing performances, heartbreaking mistakes and a reaffirming show of community between the competitors. The six finalists in order of their performance tomorrow are: Erika … Read more →

Mexican Barista Championships Underway

The MBC and the Mexican Latte Art Championship (with berths on the line for the World Championships in Colombia in 2011) are underway today, and the Mexican Coffee Expo trade show floor opens up today too. First up this morning were the first six competitors in the Latte Art Championship. … Read more →

Barista Comp Stuff

Just heard from Marcus Boni about a few things concerning the 2011 Regional Barista Competitions schedule and new costs. Most important thing to note is that NO regionals will take place until 2011 — there’s been a rumor that the Northwest Regional Barista Competition will be taking place at Coffee … Read more →

More Pics from Puerto Rico and Other Stuff

Tony Siera, who judged the first round of the Puerto Rican Barista Championship, had the finals off, so he spent the day photographing the event at Coffee Cast. You can check out his photo set on flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/baristapuertorico/ Also out today is a list of the “20 Most Caffeinated  Cities” in … Read more →

Puerto Rico Crowns a Champion

The first national barista champion to get his ticket punched for Bogota next year comes from the island of Puerto Rico which held its national championship over the weekend at the first ever Coffee Cast event. But actually, there are three baristas from the island who ended up with tickets to … Read more →

It’s Conary, Scott Conary

We often write about barista competitions, championships and barista champions, but it should never go without noting that a barista competition cannot happen without the tireless work of many volunteers. Among those volunteers are of course the judges. So it was pretty cool to see this story from the Carrboro … Read more →

WBC Finalist #6: Raul Rodas of Guatemala

My apologies—I posted about Raul earlier today but the internet was pretty spotty, so apprarently it didn’t post. But now I can say how amazing and wonderful the fact that a producing country won 2nd place in the WBC is! Go Raul!

MIKE PHILLIPS OF USA WINS THE WBC!!

Michael Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is the 2010 World Barista Champion! Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh! It was such an amazing final round of the WBC — no big mistakes, no spills, just pure professionalism. Here are the rankings: 6th Place: Stefanos, … Read more →

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