World Barista Championship

WBC Semifinalist #6: Matija Hrkac, Croatia

Matija Hrkac of Croatia began his performance with a thing of beauty: a siphon filled with cherries, golden plums, and red fruits, which he brewed in from of the judges. I was mesmerized watching the bright pink liquid boiling up and then down through the siphon. It would be only … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #5: Philipp Meier, Switzerland

Philipp Meier is undeniably professional, like the wisened restauranteur whose fine dining establishment you’ve been visiting for decades. But Philipp is in his 20s. To have this kind of presence and graciousness is not only a gift, but something he surely works on. Everyone, myself included, was utterly charmed by … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #4: Per Nordell, Sweden

Per Nordell, who owns a coffee roastery with his wife in the mountains of Sweden, made his performance all about contrasts: using a washed coffee from Antigua, Guatemala, Per discussed how the flavors from that mountainous coffee worked perfectly with the regional, traditional spices and flavors from his own mountainous … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #3: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, UK

Of course Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood is British—he’s SO British. Charming, witty, polite, and engaging. His performance is a slow dance, peppered with some swing. I just loved it. He swooned over his coffee, a Bolivian from Producer Valentine, whose 10-hectare lot produces this exceptional coffee known for the sweetness of tomatoes … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #1: Raul Rodas, Guatemala

Raul Rodas, who placed 2nd in the 2010 World Barista Championship, didn’t let a little thing (insert sarcasm) like having his competition gear and coffees held up in customs hold him back: when his gear finally arrived yesterday, he prepped, took the final spot in the preliminary round, and blew … Read more →

More from Day 2, Vienna

The vibe around the WBC stage is totally different today than yesterday, as the World of Coffee conference and trade show floor is open! It’s a fun show, full of over-the-top flashy booths, and lots of heavy hitters from the best equipment and coffee product companies in the world! So … Read more →

End of Day 1, Beginning of Day 2

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years that Barista Magazine has been the exclusive Media Sponsor, and covering the WBC, it’s that things move fast at the World Barista Championship! So we take as many photos as we can, talk to as many competitors as possible—basically, we like … Read more →

More from WBC, Day 1

The day is moving right along. Some snafus, as always — poor Raul, the Guatemala Champion, is still waiting to for his gear to arrive, so he won;’t compete until Day 2 (Wednesday) of the preliminary round. But nothing terribly major — and Raul is handling it all like a … Read more →

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