Wanted: Some of the Best Baristas on the Planet

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I’ve had the joy to attend the Specialty Coffee Show on Red Square in Moscow for the past two years, and I’m delighted (and soooo excited) to be heading back again next week for my third year! Produced and hosted by Soyuz Coffee Roasting, one of Russia’s leading roasters, the event challenges everyday consumers to try something outside of their comfort zone—and in Russia, any hot beverage that’s not tea qualifies. But after the success (tens of thousands of visitors to the weeklong festival) of the first year, it was obvious they liked it. And last year, when the show returned to Red Square, it was even more massive, and people clamored to get a taste of this quality coffee that was being served.

This will be the third year that Soyuz Coffee Roasting has hosted this magnificent coffee show in Moscow's Red Square

This will be the third year that Soyuz Coffee Roasting has hosted this magnificent coffee show in Moscow’s Red Square

As the coffee event is held in conjunction with a music festival named after Moscow’s famous Spasskaya Tower, a special signature drink was created called the Spasskaya Tower. That’s on the menu along with cappuccinos and espressos.

Some of the barista champions at the Specialty Coffee Show in Red Square in 2012

Some of the barista champions at the Specialty Coffee Show in Red Square in 2012

But who is preparing these drinks, you ask? Well that’s part of the party! Soyuz invites the World Barista Champion along with a handful of some of the other most talented baristas on the globe. Not only must they make terrific coffee drinks throughout this evening festival, they’ve gotta be able to shake their groove thang: the event that Soyuz Coffee hosts is one big party, from start to finish.

It's a giant coffee party, in the middle of Red Square!

It’s a giant coffee party, in the middle of Red Square!

This year another component of the festival will be educational sessions taught by the visiting baristas, which will take place in the afternoons each day.

The whole thing starts a week from Monday—September 2. For details about the educational sessions, you can see my post from a couple weeks ago HERE.

For now, it’s all about getting excited for these wild and crazy (and superduper talented) baristas! To help us along, Soyuz has created these pretty hilarious Wanted posters for each of the nine baristas who will work the festival in Moscow’s Red Square in just one week.

Multi-time Greek Barista Champion Stefanos Domatiotis

Multi-time Greek Barista Champion Stefanos Domatiotis

Reigning World Barista Champion Pete Licata of the United States

Reigning World Barista Champion Pete Licata of the United States

Italian Barista Champion, and winner of 6th place at the 2013 World Barista Championship

Italian Barista Champion, and winner of 6th place at the 2013 World Barista Championship

Two-time Barista Champion of Spain Javier Garcia

Two-time Barista Champion of Spain Javier Garcia

2011 World Latte Art Champion Christos Loukakis of Greece

2011 World Latte Art Champion Christos Loukakis of Greece

2011 World Barista Champion Alejandro Mendez of El Salvador

2011 World Barista Champion Alejandro Mendez of El Salvador

2013 World Coffee In Good Spirits Champion Victor Delpierre

2013 World Coffee In Good Spirits Champion Victor Delpierre of France

Barista Champion of El Salvador William Hernandez

Barista Champion of El Salvador William Hernandez

The lone lady of the group, 2013 Turkish Brewers Cup Champion Asli Yaman

The lone lady of the group, 2013 Turkish Brewers Cup Champion Asli Yaman

If you find any of these baristas, please return them to Red Square. We really, really need them to make their awesome espresso beverages for the people of Moscow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.