Panama, Croatia, Russia

#35: BARISTA CHAMPION OF PANAMA—AUSEL GADI DEL VALLE FRANKLIN Though Panama’s coffee has been regarded as some of the finest not only in the world at this moment, but in history, it’s strange to think that it took until 2009 for Panama to have its first barista championship, but that’s … Read more →

Thailand, Hungary, Spain

#32: BARISTA CHAMPION OF THAILAND—BENYAPA NAOWAN Benyapa Naowan tells us that her whole performance will be “sweet and charming, like I am,” and I have to agree. She’s wonderfully adorable but still maintains a strong command of the stage. She has made a point to learn some English to address … Read more →

Kenya, Costa Rica, India, El Salvador

#28: BARISTA CHAMPION OF KENYA—JOHN MAKAU John is the three-time Kenyan Barista Champion, and his experience shows immediately when he take the stage tday. He tells the judges that he is using coffee grown in the “sweet hills” of Kenya, and that they will taste a distinctive milk chocolate in … Read more →

Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand

#24: BARISTA CHAMPION OF MEXICO—ALVARO CARRASCO I met Alvaro in Mexico at the natinal championship back in September. Mexico was the first country to put the new WBC rules and regulations into use, and Alvaro did a tremendous job with his presentation, earning him second place in the very competitive … Read more →

Italy, Finland, Nicaragua, Brazil

#20: BARISTA CHAMPION OF ITALY—MICHELE PAULETIC Italy’s Michele Pauketic is ready to get the day off to a great start! He takes the stage with confidence and ease, welcoming the judges warmly before launching into his explanation of his coffee, a blend of Ethiopian, Costa Rican and Brazilian beans. He … Read more →

And in other news…

We’re having a great time here in Atlanta at another amazing WBC, but I couldn’t let this moment pass without noting it. So Barista Magazine just turned four. And the Portland Trail Blazers after six years out of the play-offs had an incredible season, won 54! games and just landed … Read more →

Iceland photos

Whoops—unfortunately the photos of Iceland’s National Barista Champion, Palmer Thor Hlodversson, didn’t make it onto that last profile, so you can check him out here: It’s been a spectacular Day One of the WBC here in Atlanta. Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for more blog posts on more … Read more →

Rwanda, Turkey, Lithuania, Iceland

#16: BARISTA CHAMPION OF RWANDA—JEAN PIERRE NYAMABUMBA I was lucky enough to meet Jean Pierre—or JP—in Rwanda at the country’s first national barista championship, held last February in Kigali. JP is a leader in his barista community, with enthusiasm and energy to spare. Though today’s stage is a lot bigger … Read more →

Germany, Uganda, Canada

#13: BARISTA CHAMPION OF GERMANY—STEPHANIE HEIDERMANN Stephanie begins her performance with “Namaste” and tells the judges that her entire performance has been inspired by a recent trip to India to visit the farm where her coffee was grown. She plays Indian music, uses Indian coffee, and says her signature drink … Read more →

Singapore, Australia, Japan

#10: BARISTA CHAMPION OF SINGAPORE–JHI CHIANG TING John returns to the WBc stage after a great performance in Copenhagen last year. He is a true professional, the way he handles himself on stage. He begins his performance with some signature drink prep, infusing cream with vanilla. He tells the judges … Read more →

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