A New Barista Champion of Colombia is Crowned!

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The VIII National Barista Championship, held during Expoespeciales in Bogota, Colombia, took place Wednesday through Saturday, bringing an esteemed field of 35 of the nation’s top baristas together to compete for the title of Barista Champion of Colombia.

Champion Nicolas Rico!

Champion Nicolas Rico!

Nicolás Rico, from Amor Perfecto, won using a coffee from La Falda in the department of Antioquia and will be representing Colombia in Rimini next year at the WBC.

The audience was packed for the final round of the Barista Championship of Colombia, 2013-2014. Photo by Michael Losada.

The audience was packed for the final round of the Barista Championship of Colombia, 2013-2014. Photo by Michael Losada.

Top Six Baristas in Colombia:

1. Nicolas Rico – Amor Perfecto
2. Paula Zea – Café Pergamino
3. Ever Bernal – Sabor Nacional 
4. Felipe Castañeda – Amor Perfecto
5. Ronald Valero – Juan Valdez Café 
6. Mauricio Romero – E&D Café

Danilo Lodi served as the WBC’s International Judge.

Congratulations, Nicolas! We look forward to seeing you in Rimini, Italy, at the 2014 World Barista Championship in June!

Nicolas Rico delivers his winning performance. Photo by Michael Losada.

Nicolas Rico delivers his winning performance. Photo by Michael Losada.

Paula Zea, second place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Paula Zea, second place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Ever Bernal, third place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Ever Bernal, third place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Felipe Castañeda, fourth place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Felipe Castañeda, fourth place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Ronald Valerp, fifth place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Ronald Valerp, fifth place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Mauricio Romero, sixth place. Photo by Michael Losada.

Mauricio Romero, sixth place. Photo by Michael Losada.

 

 

 

 

 

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