WBC Finalist #2: Soren Stiller Markussen of Denmark

Soren lives for barista competitions—he practiced for this moment for the last two years, ever since being bitterly disappointed by coming in 6th at the WBC in Copenhagen in 2008. And he’s done great work: his performance is intricate and detailed, beautiful and nuanced. Up next: Scottie from Australia.

WBC Finalist #1: Colin Harmon of Ireland

The first thing you think when you watch Colin is that he is just such a complete joy to watch. He is smiling from the first moment to the last, and it’s clear, there’s no pretending, he’s really enjoying himself up there. In fact, towards the end of his competition, … Read more →

WBC Finalists!!

After an incredibly strong semifinal round this morning, the 12 were narrowed to just 6, who are set to begin the final round of the 2010 WBC in less than an hour, at 2 p.m. Some interesting factoids: • Both Mike and Colin (USA and Ireland), were in the finals … Read more →

Your 12 WBC Semifinalists

Back, from left to right: Stefans Domatiotis, Greece; Colin Harmon, Ireland; Ana Lucia Lardizabel de Hawit, Honduras; Raul Rodas, Guatemala; Soren Stiller Markussen, Denmark; Fabrizio Sencion, Mexico; Yara Castanho, Brazil; Scottie Callaghan, Australia; Mike Phillips, United States; Alejandro Mendez,  El Salvador; Thomas Schweiger, Germany; and Kyle Straw, Canada. Semifinal round … Read more →

Day 2 of the WBC!

So… the announcement of the 12 semifinalists is in just 25 minutes, so I’ll skip the chit chat and get right to the photos of all the happenings around here, the Caffe Culture show in London, on day 2. Whew! I finished moments before the announcement of the 12 semifinalists! … Read more →

More from WBC Day One

The internet has been a bit spotty at the Olympia convention center here in London, so please excuse the tardiness of this post. Here are lots more images from day one, June 23, of the 2010 World Barista Championship and Caffe Culture show! And please keep checking back for more: … Read more →

Day one of the WBC!

It’s another gorgeous day in London, and there’s no place any of us would rather be than here in the Olympia event space. Where it was blazing hot yesterday, the air conditioning has been turned on today, and wow, what a difference. So it’s actually super great because the beautiful … Read more →

Here at the WBC & Caffe Culture show in London!

It’s completely nuts how lovely the weather is here in London… like, London? Really? 82 degrees?? Just a few days ago, my friend Kim, who lives here, was warning me to bring a heavy jacket and a wool sweater. And yes, they’re in my suitcase, but they’ll be staying there … Read more →

Off to London and the World Barista Championship

I’m busy busy busy with packing up to leave for London tomorrow—I’m going to report on the World Barista Championship, for which Barista Magazine is the official media sponsor. As such, we created the official WBC Event Program, which we’ll be distributing to anyone and everyone at the competition. For … Read more →

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