Viva Mexico!

The 2009 Barista Championship of Mexico is taking place right now in Mexico City! I went to this competition last year, and it was a blast, of course, considering the guys putting the whole thing together are the fantastic Arturo Hernandez and Jose Cleofas Arreola. But though I was expecting to see some amazing performances, I was really blown away by the level of professionalism and quality coffee on display. In case you’re curious about it, too, you can watch the championship right now online HERE!

I snapped this photo of the six finalists at last year's Barista Championship of Mexico, moments before the ranking order was announced. The winner was  	 Alelí, pictured in the front row at right. Diue to issues with her visa, Alelí wasn't able to go to Atlanta to represent Mexico at the WBC. In her place, first runner-up Alvaro (back row, far right in blue shirt) performed in Atlanta and did a great job. Both are competing again this weekend!

I snapped this photo of the six finalists at last year's Barista Championship of Mexico, moments before the ranking order was announced. The winner was Alelí, pictured in the front row at right. Due to issues with her visa, Alelí wasn't able to go to Atlanta to represent Mexico at the WBC. In her place, first runner-up Alvaro (back row, far right in blue shirt) performed in Atlanta and did a great job. Both are competing again this weekend!

The Barista Championship of Mexico gets the new World Barista Championship year rolling as the first of the national contests—London isn’t so far off, friends! So enjoy the sights and sounds of the best baristas in Mexico online and get pumped for another awesome year of competition!

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Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.