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We couldn’t be more excited to share with you the release of Barista Magazine’s newest issue, August+September 2014! Per tradition, this special World Barista Championship issue features the newly crowned WBC Champ, Hidenori Izaki, on the cover. And can we just tell you—we LOVE Hide! We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Hide well through our extensive interviews with him for the cover article in this issue, and we’re positive he’s going to be a tremendous asset to the international specialty coffee community as our ambassador this year and well into the future.
Our WBC Special Section coverage includes lots more than a big article on Hide though. Thanks to the fabulous talents of photographer Kate Beard, we have some spectacular photography from the WBC event in Rimini, including portraits of every single national barista champion, candids from around the show, and some close-ups with the six WBC finalists.
Coverage includes an article by Mr. 2013 WBC Champ, Pete Licata, himself, wherein he reveals the ups and downs of being the World Barista Champion. Interestingly, Pete trained Hidenori for the WBC, so Pete’s insights about our new WBC Champ are interesting, as well.
We’ve also got interview with the six WBC finalists about their signature beverages, which is pretty cool. And let’s not forget the amazing World Brewers Cup event, which saw Stefanos Domatiotis of Greece take top honors!
Of course, the WBC and the Brewers Cups aren’t the only games in town: In this August+September 2014 issue of Barista Magazine, we also feature great photos of and writing about the World Latte Art Championship, the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship, and the World Cup Tasters Championship, all of which took place in Melbourne, Australia in May.
Of course, being Barista Magazine, we have plenty of non competition information for our readers, as well. Just take a look at some of the features you’ll find in this new issue:
• All about what fermentation means and what it does to our coffee
• In-depth interview with Has Bean Coffee‘s Steve Leighton
• Business columnist Tracy Allen discusses that final step for a retailer: selling your business
• How to successfully build your coffee brand
• Selling specialty-coffee at major league sporting events
• Field Report from Peru
• A showcase of awesome new coffee industry products
And much, much more!
You can read the entire issue for free online right now by clicking HERE. Or, if you subscribe and want to wait for the feel of our thick, luxurious paper when you hold the magazine in your hands, never fear, it will be arriving in your mailboxes this week. Don’t have a subscription but want one? Then here’s the link to sign up now!
Thanks to all of you for reading and supporting Barista Magazine. We hope you enjoy this issue!