Monthly Archives: April 2009

A Message to Baristas Around the World

We’re super excited about the efforts being made by the Barista Guild of America of late to make the organization stronger, better, more useful, and more effective. The new executive council has pledged its commitment to baristas around the world—hallalujah! And let’s make one thing clear: never mind that “of … Read more →

Need design? Get Pail!

We have been fortunate to work with the talented and delightful Jessica Bernert of Pail Design ever since Barista Magazine’s first year of publication—and now we’re four! She’s been with us a long time, and she and her company have played a major role in shaping the way Barista Magazine … 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 →

Finalist #3: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

World Barista Championship FINALIST #3 MICHAEL PHILLIPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Michael Phillips is a good guy—just a solid, honest, fun-loving, smart good guy. He’s the kind of guy you call at the last minute if you need someone to help move a couch. He’ll take a beer … Read more →

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