Monthly Archives: August 2007

James Hoffmann, World Barista Champion

James Hoffmann, the barista champion of the United Kingdom, is now the barista champion of the world. James is a terrific person, a great barista and will surely be a wonderful ambassador for specialty coffee and of the barista profession to the world. He replaces Klaus Thomsen in the role, … Read more →

WBC Day 3 – The Finals

Well it’s no surprise by now, the day after the WBC came to a close, who won. But it may be a surprise for those of you who weren’t able to be here in Tokyo to see just what happened yesterday at 10:30 am. First let me set this up … Read more →

R.I.P. Li'l Ussie

When I was 16 years old, my Siamese cat, Tashi, had five kittens. My mom let me stay home from school to watch the birth, and it is one of my best pet memories. I was studying Greek tragedies at the time, so I named all the kittens after different … Read more →

More photos from the WBC are on their way!

Ken is getting his beauty sleep right now, after a late night partying with this guy: That’s the very handsome and amazing Luis from the Salvadoran coffee council, by the way. Luis is one of the biggest advocates of the barista craft, involving his organization through sponsorship in the Nordic … Read more →

It's Hoffmannia!!!

James Hoffmann, the barista champion of the United Kingdom, claimed the World Barista Championship in Tokyo today! Congratulations, James! James edged out American barista champion Heather Perry for the title, while New Zealand’s Carl Sara placed third. Fourth went to the home country competitor, Miyuki Miyamae, of Japan. Swiss competitor, … Read more →

The Jon Lewis Issue

Holy cow, could the WBC be any more exciting? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been glued to my computer watching performances on, reading Ken’s posts on this blog, watching a bizarre and hilarious video post on Stephen’s site, keeping up with James on his blog, and visiting … Read more →

2007 WBC Finalists

Wow! One way or another, the barista world will not be the same after tomorrow. This year’s finalists are Heather Perry from the United States, James Hoffmann of the United Kingdom, Silvia Magalhaes from Brazil, New Zealand’s Carl Sara, Anna Kaepelli from Switzerland, and Miyuki Miyamae from Japan. Four of … Read more →

Day 2 – Competitors 40-45

German barista champion, Matthias Lincke, overcame technical difficulties (the water hose for the espresso machine became disconnected) and a restart of his routine to deliver a fine performance. He was the only competitor I noticed that did not use the new rule allowing baristas to set the judges’ table during … Read more →

Day 2 – Competitors 32-39

Hungarian barista champion, Antal Kovacs, created his own competition espresso blend featuring 80% arabicas from Latin America, and 20% robutsa from Asia. He also used a sort of wooden stencil to create an interesting chocolate pattern on his signature drink glasses. Czech barista champion, Frantisek Rohacek, originally took the stage … Read more →

Day 2 – Competitors 24-31

James Hoffmann, barista champion of the United Kingdom, was the first competitor of the day. His microphone didn’t work. One of the burners on his table didn’t work. He noticed that at about the 12 minute mark. Oh, and a couple of his shots for his caps didn’t pour the … Read more →

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