Vote for Your Favorites in the Barista & Farmer Coffee Reality Show in Puerto Rico!

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After months and months of planning, Italian Barista Champion Francesco Sanapo’s project—the Barista & Farmer Coffee Reality Show—is happening! The 15 Italian barista participants are on the ground at Puerto Rican coffee producer Rebecca Atienza’s gorgeous farm, Hacienda San Pedro.

Fifteen Italian baristas are gathered at Hacienda San Pedro in Puerto Rico right now to participate in the first ever Barista & Farmer Coffee Reality Show!

Fifteen Italian baristas are gathered at Hacienda San Pedro in Puerto Rico right now to participate in the first ever Barista & Farmer Coffee Reality Show!

The lovely Rebecca Azitthg, owner of Hacienda San Pedro, and one of the facilitators of this unique project.

The lovely Rebecca Atienza, owner of Hacienda San Pedro, and one of the facilitators of this unique project.

(For all the details about this amazing event, go HERE.)

The unprecedented project finds a group of 15 Italian baristas in Puerto Rico for 10 days, each of which they will work the farms from 5 a.m. to noon, and then spend the afternoon with agronomists and other farm experts learning how the coffee production works from seed to cup.

These 15 Italian baristas went through an extensive application process to earn their spot on the Barista & Farmer Coffee Reality Show project!

These 15 Italian baristas went through an extensive application process to earn their spot on the Barista & Farmer Coffee Reality Show project!

But the baristas are also competing with each other! And you at home, anywhere in the world, can help decide the winner! Just go to the project’s Facebook page (and LIKE it, of course!) and check out the videos of each of the competitors. Then on that Facebook page, “Like” the competitor video you enjoy the most. The video that collects the most “Likes” will have an advantage in the final challenge!

Francesco showing off the cool tshirts for the project!

Francesco showing off the cool tshirts for the project!

You can also access all the videos directly on YouTube HERE. But please be aware that Likes on the Facebook page or on the YouTube page are the only places where your votes count! If you see the video linked anywhere else, a “Like” won’t count.

What’s that? You’re not sure you want to do it because you won’t be able to understand the Italian-speaking baristas? Never fear! Francesco has made it possible for everyone to enjoy and understand the videos by adding English subtitles!

Rebecca Azithn, the generous coffee producer in Puerto Rico who has offered up her farm to be used for the project, and her friend and collaborator, Italian Barista Champion Francesco Sanapo.

Rebecca Atienza, the generous coffee producer in Puerto Rico who has offered up her farm to be used for the project, and her friend and collaborator, Italian Barista Champion Francesco Sanapo.

Barista Mag publisher Ken Olson will be flying to Puerto Rico in just a few days to join the group for the second half of this wild and completely original adventure, and will write about it for the December+January issue.

Stay tuned here and on the Barista & Farmer Coffee Reality Show Facebook page for more details as they unfold online day by day. It’s an awesome adventure for ALL baristas to learn from!

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.