My apologies—I posted about Raul earlier today but the internet was pretty spotty, so apprarently it didn’t post. But now I can say how amazing and wonderful the fact that a producing country won 2nd place in the WBC is! Go Raul!
Michael Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is the 2010 World Barista Champion! Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh! It was such an amazing final round of the WBC — no big mistakes, no spills, just pure professionalism. Here are the rankings: 6th Place: Stefanos, … Read more →
Stefanos was very charming, and very passionate, throughout his performance. Coming from a country where specialty coffee is not as high as it soon will be, Stefanos is an excellent representative for all that coffee can be in his home country. He was very knowledgeable, and also a very good … Read more →
Mike Phillips is a tremendous coffee person not to mention an incredible, really good guy. He’s generous of spirit, and he loves learning and sharing. But when it comes to coffee, he takes it damn seriously. Mike visited Costa Rica to do some barista training in February of this year, … Read more →
Former latte art champion Scottie is a longtime veteran competitor, and his ease and sense of comfort and grace is immediately evident on stage. He had a great, large, loud, and fun cheering section of Aussies, and he very obviously was having a delightful time on stage throughout his performance. … Read more →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →