Confirmed! WBC Heading to Italy, USA, and Ireland!

This year's World Barista Championship will be held in the exciting coffee city of Melbourne, Australia, May 23-26.

Just got the official confirmation from Laura Lee of World Coffee Events: the world’s biggest, most competitive, and most esteemed contest for baristas, the World Barista Championship (WBC), has finalized locations through 2016.

This year's World Barista Championship will be held in the exciting coffee city of Melbourne, Australia, May 23-26.

This year’s World Barista Championship will be held in the exciting coffee city of Melbourne, Australia, May 23-26.

In 2014, the WBC will take place in Rimini, Italy. I chatted with Gianni Cassatini of Nuova Simonelli (WBC Espresso Machine Sponsor) when I saw him in New York last month, and he was pretty excited about the possibility of the WBC heading to Italy, as you can imagine! This will be the first time the WBC has taken place in Italy since 2004, when it was held in Trieste, Italy.

Bring your bathing suits! Rimini is a seaside city with great beaches.

Bring your bathing suits! Rimini is a seaside city with great beaches.

In 2015, the WBC heads to the USA for the first time since 2009 (when it was in Atlanta). The 2015 WBC will be held in Seattle, Washington, in conjunction with the Specialty Coffee Association of America. U.S. baristas: this means the United States Barista Championship will be held a few months prior to the SCAA show, most likely as a stand-alone event. More news to come on that as the dates approach.

In 2015, the WBC comes back to the U.S. for the first time since 2009, and back to Seattle—recognized as the place where specialty coffee got legs—since 2005!

In 2015, the WBC comes back to the U.S. for the first time since 2009, and back to Seattle—recognized as the place where specialty coffee got legs—since 2005!

I’d like to also add that Barista Magazine is personally INCREDIBLY STOKED that the WBC will be in Seattle in 2015! Why? Because we’ll be celebrating our 10-year anniversary in the exact same city that we premiered Barista Magazine back in 2005! And guess what else? We plan to throw a super amazing party to celebrate our milestone in Seattle, so stay tuned for details on that because you’re all invited!!!

We can't wait to celebrate Barista Magazine's 10th birthday with all of you when the WBC heads to Seattle in 2015!

We can’t wait to celebrate Barista Magazine’s 10th birthday with all of you when the WBC heads to Seattle in 2015!

And in 2016, the WBC will head to Dublin, Ireland—we can’t tell you how excited we are about this. First of all, the WBC has never been held in Ireland, so that’s exciting. Secondly, when we interviewed multi-time Irish Barista Champ Colin Harmon of 3FE in Dublin for his cover feature in the December/January issue of Barista Magazine, he got us really excited about the Dublin cafe scene. Apparently it is just booming! So we here at Barista Magazine can’t wait to be in the thick of it with you guys!

The cafe scene is growing all the time in Dublin, Ireland. Imagine how exciting it'll be when we all get there for the WBC in 2016!

The cafe scene is growing all the time in Dublin, Ireland. Imagine how exciting it’ll be when we all get there for the WBC in 2016!

That’s the news, friends. Some pretty exciting stuff! Stay tuned for more details as they come out!

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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.