World Barista Championship

Day one of the WBC!

It’s another gorgeous day in London, and there’s no place any of us would rather be than here in the Olympia event space. Where it was blazing hot yesterday, the air conditioning has been turned on today, and wow, what a difference. So it’s actually super great because the beautiful … Read more →

Here at the WBC & Caffe Culture show in London!

It’s completely nuts how lovely the weather is here in London… like, London? Really? 82 degrees?? Just a few days ago, my friend Kim, who lives here, was warning me to bring a heavy jacket and a wool sweater. And yes, they’re in my suitcase, but they’ll be staying there … Read more →

Off to London and the World Barista Championship

I’m busy busy busy with packing up to leave for London tomorrow—I’m going to report on the World Barista Championship, for which Barista Magazine is the official media sponsor. As such, we created the official WBC Event Program, which we’ll be distributing to anyone and everyone at the competition. For … Read more →

Gearing Up for the SCAE & WBC!

I was talking to Jo from Beyond the Bean the other day, and I said, “I’m so looking forward to seeing you in London at the Caffe Culture/SCAE show and the World Barista Championship—in just a little more than a month!” And she had a little panic attack. While we’re … Read more →

2nd Term Barista Champs

Maybe I’m just getting way too excited about the coming World Barista Championship in June in London, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this year’s roster of champs. I think it’s pretty cool that there are a handful of baristas who were so determined to get another … Read more →

New Coffee Champs Down Under!

Australia is without a doubt one of the top countries in the world for coffee and espresso excellence, as proved by the quality of coffee its cafes and roasteries turn out, not to mention the consistently high caliber of champions in all areas of specialty coffee who hail from Down … Read more →

UAE Has First Barista Champion

The United Arab Eremites held its first national competition over the weekend in the capital of Dubai at the nation’s Specialty Coffee & Tea Convention. The winner was Vikram Kashyap, the 29-year-old manager of a local branch of Caribou Coffee. Vikram is an immigrant to Dubai from India. You can … Read more →

Viva Mexico!

The 2009 Barista Championship of Mexico is taking place right now in Mexico City! I went to this competition last year, and it was a blast, of course, considering the guys putting the whole thing together are the fantastic Arturo Hernandez and Jose Cleofas Arreola. But though I was expecting … Read more →

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