The Big Central Regional Barista Competition and US Brewers Cup is underway in Chicago today. The event is a combination of the North Central and South Central Regional Barista Competitions. Each region has its own competitors and will have separate finalists and winners, but they’re both held together in a single event. And judging from reports on the ground, the location is pretty cool.
But there’s a whole world of coffee and that means there’s a whole world of barista competitions too! In fact the barista champion of Poland has just been named and it’s Katarzyna Zyzalo! She’s got her ticket punched to the 2012 World Barista Championship in Vienna, Austria in June. Congats, Katarzyna!
Also this weekend, South Africa will be crowning its barista champion, and our correspondent on the ground there, Ishan Natalie tells us they’ve already got their six finalists lined up for the championship round tomorrow (Saturday). The six finalists are Mikhael Bou Rjeily, Travis Scott (reigning champ), Dirk Maritz, Bilbo Steyn, Kyle Fraser, and Wayne Oberholzer. Good luck to all of them, and we’ll be seeing at least one of them in Vienna. You can follow Ishan at the championship via his Twitter feed @ishan_natalie.
Know of any other national barista competitions or regionals? Let us know! We’re always looking for more photos and feeds from around the world as we build toward Vienna. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @baristamagazine!