Monthly Archives: June 2010

Amsterdam Stumptown Is Way Awesome!

After a crazy time in London for the amazing World Barista Championship, I headed to Amsterdam with my good friend, Bjørg—the organizer of the Nordic Barista Cup event—to see the Stumptown Coffee pop-up at 101 Albert Cuypstraat. I had been looking at the terrific blogs that the Stumptown baristas who … Read more →

Five is the Magic Number?

Well that was another amazing WBC. But while that was going on, coffee news continued to break. The latest comes from the world of health care, and it turns out that coffee consumption can be very beneficial in a couple of previously unknown arenas. If you drink five cups a … Read more →

WBC Finalist #6: Raul Rodas of Guatemala

My apologies—I posted about Raul earlier today but the internet was pretty spotty, so apprarently it didn’t post. But now I can say how amazing and wonderful the fact that a producing country won 2nd place in the WBC is! Go Raul!

MIKE PHILLIPS OF USA WINS THE WBC!!

Michael Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is the 2010 World Barista Champion! Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh! It was such an amazing final round of the WBC — no big mistakes, no spills, just pure professionalism. Here are the rankings: 6th Place: Stefanos, … Read more →

WBC Finalist #5: Stefanos Domatiotis of Greece

Stefanos was very charming, and very passionate, throughout his performance. Coming from a country where specialty coffee is not as high as it soon will be, Stefanos is an excellent representative for all that coffee can be in his home country. He was very knowledgeable, and also a very good … Read more →

WBC Finalist #4: Michael Phillips of the USA

Mike Phillips is a tremendous coffee person  not to mention an incredible, really good guy. He’s generous of spirit, and he loves learning and sharing. But when it comes to coffee, he takes it damn seriously. Mike visited Costa Rica to do some barista training in February of this year, … Read more →

WBC Finalist #3: Scottie Callaghan of Australia

Former latte art champion Scottie is a longtime veteran competitor, and his ease and sense of comfort and grace is immediately evident on stage. He had a great, large, loud, and fun cheering section of Aussies, and he very obviously was having a delightful time on stage throughout his performance. … Read more →

WBC Finalist #2: Soren Stiller Markussen of Denmark

Soren lives for barista competitions—he practiced for this moment for the last two years, ever since being bitterly disappointed by coming in 6th at the WBC in Copenhagen in 2008. And he’s done great work: his performance is intricate and detailed, beautiful and nuanced. Up next: Scottie from Australia.

WBC Finalist #1: Colin Harmon of Ireland

The first thing you think when you watch Colin is that he is just such a complete joy to watch. He is smiling from the first moment to the last, and it’s clear, there’s no pretending, he’s really enjoying himself up there. In fact, towards the end of his competition, … Read more →

WBC Finalists!!

After an incredibly strong semifinal round this morning, the 12 were narrowed to just 6, who are set to begin the final round of the 2010 WBC in less than an hour, at 2 p.m. Some interesting factoids: • Both Mike and Colin (USA and Ireland), were in the finals … Read more →

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