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, and on that trip, he just happened to fall in love with a coffee, produced at Coopedota. For his competition, the focus is 100 percent on this coffee, in various forms of processing. It is always exciting to watch Mike perform, but today might have been his best turn yet.

Mike uses three versions of this coffee, so he has three hoppers, and watching him swap them out is great!

Mike & Simonelli

Mike during the ultra complicated preparation of his signature drink.

100% focused.

All eyes on Mike.

Up next: Stefanos from Greece.

About the Author

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.