Article and photos by Kate Beard
Yesterday, the remaining 25 competitors gave their performances for the preliminary round of the World Barista Championships 2014. It was yet another long, tough day for the baristas, their teams, and the wonderful staff and volunteers. I’m sure it was a tough day even for the fans as they cheered their hearts out and waited anxiously to find out if their country’s barista had made it through to the semifinals round.
We now all know the results of the semifinals, but first let’s take a look at the highlights from all the competitors involved in the second day of the preliminaries.
Some countries had an impressive turn out of supporters, such as Japan and Costa Rica. They cheered fervently and waved flags, raising the energy level in the room to a fever pitch at times. For Hidenori Izaki from Japan, his entourage brought flags signed by well-wishers back home, and draped the banners over the side of the stands.
American barista champion Laila Ghambari made waves at the USBCs this year with her innovative performance that interpreted “farm-to-cup” in a very personal way. Every part of her signature drink was made with components of coffee plants from the farm she visited, and the farmers even came to support her here in Rimini.
The semifinal round is under way as we speak, so be sure to catch all the action on the livestream here! http://new.livestream.com/worldcoffee2