Short (and lovely) video about Barista Nation

Barista Nation has been sweeping the globe as one of the most innovative coffee events happening right now. It’s a one-day event, free to any coffee professional and baristas of all levels, offering workshops and discussions, as well as plenty of play time on equipment and with allied products. Barista … Read more →

Sweet Fantasy Vienna!

Natvia‘s infamous Sweet Fantasy extravaganza ended in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, June 16, but we’re still reeling from the amazing photos, the thump-thump-thump of the dance floor that seems to have taken over our very soul, the colors and lights and sounds that swirled together to … Read more →

WBC Finalist #6: Stefanos Domatiotis, Greece

Confession: Stefanos is a really good friend of mine, so this post is personal for me. But anyone who has ever known and rooted for a barista in competition knows that being their friend is much harder than if they were a stranger: you have extremely high expectations for them, … Read more →

WBC Finalist #4: Colin Harmon, Ireland

Colin Harmon is a perennial crowd favorite. And it’s not because a rowdy bunch of Irish folks follow him from competition to competition, throwing green balloons and cheering him til their voices go hoarse. No, it’s because he is genuine, he is kind, he is professional. And Colin is also … Read more →

WBC Finalist #3: Raul Rodas, Guatemala

Everyone and their grandmother likes Raul Rodas; he’s just one of those guys. Actually, he’s unique in how beloved he is in this coffee industry. But there’s no big secret reason for it—he’s kind and friendly, he wants to meet everyone, not just the heavy hitters (of which he has … Read more →

WBC Finalist #2: Miki Suzuki, Japan

It’s almost impossible to fully concentrate on what Miki Suzuki is saying when she performs because she’s just so adorable and lovely in her interactions with the judges, and truly her profound passion for the coffee she uses. But you’d better pay attention because with Miki’s performance, you don’t want … Read more →

WBC Finalist #1: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, UK

Confession: I’ve fallen in love with Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood this past week in Vienna. The Barista Champion of the United Kingdom is everything a champion should be: gracious, friendly, honest, and impeccable in his barista skills. It’s been a joy to watch him this week, and today in the WBC Finals, … Read more →

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