Here at Barista Magazine HQ, we are getting sooooo excited about the upcoming World Barista Championship! In less than 2 weeks, we’ll be in the ATL with so many friends from around the world watching some of the very best baristas compete for the title of 10th WBC Champ!
As the official media sponsor for the WBC, Barista Magazine created a color, glossy program that includes the schedule, the social events, a map to all those social events, an article about outgoing champ, Stephen Morrissey, some history of the WBC, and even profiles and photos of all the competitors! We’ll be distributing free copies of the program at the event. For those of you unable to attend the WBC, we’ll post a pdf of the program at www.baristamagazine.com from April 16–19, so you can check it out, too.
But for those of you who WILL be in Atlanta, I wanted to give you a heads up about the barista-friendly parties we know about!
(Parenthetically, the Barista Meet & Greet in on Wednesday, April 15, but it’s strictly for competitors, plus one guest — usually their coach), plus their Barista Buddy)
Thursday, April 16
We’ll check out the Welcome Reception (at the International Plaza of the Georgia World Congress Center), but chances are most of the evening will be spent at Octane’s Latte Art Throwdown, international style, baby!
Latte Art Throwdown
1009-B Marietta St. NW
Friday it’ll be back to Octane for Chris Owens and M’lissa Muckerman’s wedding reception! Yep, you heard me right. Chris and M’lissa, who officially tied the knot on March 14, are having a giant party dressed up as a wedding reception at Octane (where M’lissa used to work). They even got sponsors!
Friday, April 17
Chris & M’lissa’s Wedding Reception
Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge (address above)
Saturday, April 18
Roasters Guild Party (always one of the very best parties at SCAA, this year the Roasters Guild Party will NOT be held on the last night of conference, as usual, because the barista party takes place the final night)
300 Marietta Street NW, Suite A
ALSO ON SATURDAY… don’t miss Counter Culture‘s sweet Training facility, the location for their party.
Saturday, April 18
Counter Culture Coffee Party
CCC Training Center
King Plow Arts Center
887 West Marietta Street NW
Sunday will be the BIG day: the champion’s party! And we’re all going bowling!
Sunday, April 19
Barista Guild of America & World Barista Championship Party
261 19th Street NW
So rest up, friends. Atlanta’s going to be a very busy week.