Competitions

Rockin’ the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Rockin' the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Already Gearing Up for London

Seems like the good folks in London are already getting ready for next year’s WBC. This story just out from caterersearch.com, says that coffee shops and beverage retailers in the city ought to be planning for an influx of coffee connoisseurs. Since the WBC will coincide with the start of … Read more →

I'm Sending My Dad To Norway

Yup, that’s right. Dr. Steve Allen has got to pack some bags, because I want him to compete in Tim Wendelboe’s 2nd Annual World Aeropress Championship. My dad is bananas for his Aeropress. And Tim, 2003 World Barista Champion and owner of the successful roasting company Tim Wendelboe in Oslo, … Read more →

2009 WBC Ranking Order

Finals Round 1 Gwilym Davies, UK, 623 2 Sammy Piccolo, Canada, 619.5 3 Michael Phillips, United States, 618.5 4 Colin Harmon, Ireland, 572 5 Lee Jong Hoon, Korea, 542 6 Attila Molnar, Hungary, 535.5 Preliminary Round 1 Michael Phillips, USA, 670.5 2 Sammy Piccolo, Canada, 637.5 3 Gwilym Davies, UK, … Read more →

Another WBC Down…

I’m sitting in my pajamas at home in Portland, Oregon, readjusting to Pacific Daylight Time and enjoying the company of my dog and cat after a week in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 10th World Barista Championship and SCAA Conference. It’s good to be home. Still, I can’t stop thinking of … Read more →

INTRODUCING THE WORLD BARISTA CHAMPION OF 2009…

Congratulations to the Barista Champion of the United Kingdom GWILYM DAVIES!!!!!!! I’m so excited that I didn’t even hear how many points he had. 2nd place: 619.5 points, Canada, Sammy Piccolo 3rd place: 618.5 points, United States of America, Michael Phillips 4th place: 572 points, Ireland, Colin Harmon 5th place: … Read more →

Finalist #6: IRELAND

World Barista Championship FINALIST #6 COLIN HARMON OF IRELAND One year and one day ago, Colin started his first barista job. That is to say, ne year ago, he didn’t know how to turn an espresso machine on. He as a trustee officer for a financial institution, and he realized … Read more →

Finalist #5: United Kingdom

World Barista Championship FINALIST #5 GWILYM DAVIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM Gwilym is a chilled out British dude who lives on a boat in London with his dog. He has two coffee carts, and he’s made friends with the good people at Square Mile Coffee—that would be James and Anette … Read more →

Finalist #4: REPUBLIC OF KOREA

World Barista Championship FINALIST #4 LEE JONG HOON OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA Lee Jong Hoon says his least favorite part about being a barista is washing dishes. But it takes him a while to think of even that, so much does he love the barista craft. Lee Jong has … Read more →

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