Competitions

Colin is everything a champion should be: humble, honest, sincere, funny, and genuine.

WBC Finalist #4: Colin Harmon of Ireland

This is nothing new to Colin Harmond. He has competed—and made it to the WBC finals—four times now. The first was in Atlanta in 2009, where he placed fourth; the second was in London in 2010, where he once again earned fourth. Then he was back in 2012 in Vienna, … Read more →

This man is a role model for the entire country of Italy, whose coffee history is long and storied, but whose recent history has not been positive, coffee wise.

WBC Finalist #3: Francesco Sanapo of Italy

Ohhhhh, Francesco. Francesco is one of the people who makes this industry great. He’s been at this for a long time—15 years!—and he’s been the Barista Champion of Italy three times. But not only is this the first time he’s made it to the finals, it’s the first time he’s … Read more →

Nick is a fantastic guy—so friendly, so humble, and a large part of the growing barista community in New Zealand.
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WBC Finalist #2: Nick Clark of New Zealand

Nick begins his performance by telling the judges how in love with his coffee he is — he says the first time he walked into the roastery—Flight Coffee Roasters, which he co-owns–this coffee, French Mission sundried, was singing to him. This coffee was sourced for Flight by Cafe Imports, by … Read more →

Hanging out at the UNIC booth, Scottie Callaghan made me a sweet shot of espresso.

WBC 2013: Let’s Get This Party Started!

Here we are at day one of the World Barista Championship and the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE)! It’s a gorgeous fall day outside—but who would want to be outside when there’s all this fun happening at the Melbourne Showgrounds? Competitors in the World Barista Championship have been performing in … Read more →

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WBC Barista Meet & Greet Hosted by Proud Mary

I have to say, usually the Barista Meet & Greet parties that traditionally take place the day before the start of the World Barista Championship are a little, well, boring. The baristas are nervous about their pending performances, the spaces are often too small for the number of attendees, and … Read more →

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Official WBC Round 1 Schedule

All times are AEST. For more information on how to calculate the Australian time difference, go HERE. DAY 1 OF 2: THURSDAY, MAY 23 #1: 8:15 a.m. PERU Roberto Pablo Caldas Portugal Arabica Espresso Bar #2. 8:35 a.m. EL SALVADOR William Hernandez Viva Espresso #3. 8:55 a.m. COSTA RICA Maria … Read more →

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WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Greece Thanasis Nikolis

THANASIS NIKOLIS BARISTA CHAMPION OF GREECE @thirdwave14 Barista Mag: Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school? Thanasis: I have studied Business Administration in Touristic Management. I believe that my studies help me to evaluate better situations that might appear in this industry … Read more →

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