WBC Semifinalist #1: Raul Rodas, Guatemala

Raul Rodas, who placed 2nd in the 2010 World Barista Championship, didn’t let a little thing (insert sarcasm) like having his competition gear and coffees held up in customs hold him back: when his gear finally arrived yesterday, he prepped, took the final spot in the preliminary round, and blew … Read more →

The 2012 WBC Semifinalists!

El Salvador, Daniel Mendez Sweden, Per Nordell Costa Rica, Ricardo Azofeifa Mora Switzerland, Philipp Meier Ireland, Colin Harmon Japan, Miki Suzuki Mexico, Fabrizio Ramirez Guatemala, Raul Rodas The Netherlands, Coen van Sprang Greece, Stafanos Domatiotis Croatia, Matija Hrkac UK, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood

More from Day 2, Vienna

The vibe around the WBC stage is totally different today than yesterday, as the World of Coffee conference and trade show floor is open! It’s a fun show, full of over-the-top flashy booths, and lots of heavy hitters from the best equipment and coffee product companies in the world! So … Read more →

End of Day 1, Beginning of Day 2

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years that Barista Magazine has been the exclusive Media Sponsor, and covering the WBC, it’s that things move fast at the World Barista Championship! So we take as many photos as we can, talk to as many competitors as possible—basically, we like … Read more →

More from WBC, Day 1

The day is moving right along. Some snafus, as always — poor Raul, the Guatemala Champion, is still waiting to for his gear to arrive, so he won;’t compete until Day 2 (Wednesday) of the preliminary round. But nothing terribly major — and Raul is handling it all like a … Read more →

WBC Round 1, Day 1

It’s an exciting morning here in Vienna at the Wien Messe Congress Center, where the 2012 World Barista Championship has officially kicked off! All is running on schedule — so far, the Barista Champions of New Zealand, Korea, Thailand, Russia, Romania, India, Kenya, and China have performed. Up next we … Read more →

Camp Coffee

From the looks of the Barista Guild of America’s Facebook photo album, all is well at the first ever East Coast Barista Guild of America Camp Pull-A-Shot. Well, except that someone gave these two clowns weapons… But anyway, we’re so stoked! Not like it’s a big surprise that Camp would … Read more →

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