Stefanos was very charming, and very passionate, throughout his performance. Coming from a country where specialty coffee is not as high as it soon will be, Stefanos is an excellent representative for all that coffee can be in his home country. He was very knowledgeable, and also a very good communicator with his judges. A pleasure to watch!
Stefanos does early prep for his signature drink at the beginning of his competition.
Stefanos' many fans stand at the side of the stage.
He was incredibly focused with his judges, and they responded.
Using a Hario for his signature drink.
Stefanos shaved orange peel into his coffee in the Hario. Then he added the coffee that brewed to his espresso shots for a truly unique signature drink.
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.