Some scenes from the WBC…

We’ve shown you photos of each competitor, but of course there is a lot more going on here that you haven’t seen, so as we wait for the announcement of the six barista champions who will go on to vie it out in the final round tomorrow, we thought we’d … Read more →

Competitors #49—#52

#49 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF IRELAND STEPHEN MORRISSEY I was lucky enough to score a shot of Stephen’s espresso this morning back in the prep room, and man, it blew me away. Soooo sweet, so deep and complex. Roasted by Anette, who roasted James’ WBC-winning espresso last year, the coffee is … Read more →

Competitors #44—#48

#44 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF THAILAND SIRITHAI RANGJANTHUEK There are really very few women in this years WBC, but I’m happy t see that Sirthai is one of them. She’s quite the professional, and a darling in person, too. She breaks out the Terra cups, and she’s wowwing the crowd with … Read more →

Competitors #39—#43

#39 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF BRAZIL EVERTON PENNING PETER Everton’s giving us a great way to start the day: peppy, sultry Brazilian music and a bright set-up studded with red: red tamper, red grinder, red daisies on the tabe. He tells the judges that everything in use in his performance is … Read more →

Getting started on Day 3

There are still 14 competitors to go today, day three of the preliminary round of the World Barista Championship, but the electricity in the air is all about what’s coming at the end of the day: the announcement of the six barista champions who will compete in the final round … Read more →

Competitors #34—#38

#34 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF KOREA JUNG-HYUN YOO WBC judge Brent Fortune went to Korea for the national championship recently (read abut it in the June-July 2008 issue of Barista Magazine) and was totally blown away by Jung-Hyun, both because of his skills and because of his warm disposition. Brent said … Read more →

Competitors #29—#33

#29 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF PUERTO RICO EDWIN AGUAYA Edwin is an engaging guy right off the bat, but unfortunately, hes off to a rocky start: seems he forgot to unload a bunch of equipment from his cart during his set-up time, so when he approaches the judges’ table at the … Read more →

Competitors #24—#28

#24 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF FRANCE ANTHONY CALVEZ Ah, Le France. Guido from La Marzocco was just sitting with me, and he’s vey excited to see Anthony’s performance—he has high hope for this champion. And no wonder: Anthony looks totally at ease up there on stage. He’s doing some prep for … Read more →

Competitors #19—#23

A quick note: competitor #18, South Africa, originally scheduled to compete at the end of day one, isn’t here yet. Hopefully he’ll make it soon, and will be scheduled into the mix. #19 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF BELGIUM DETLEV BATTIAU Detlev, introducing himself as a freelance barista, begins his preparation by … Read more →

Good Morning, Day 2!

The sun’s back today, and it’s downright gorgeous outside but hey, guess what? It’s muggy as ever inside the convention space. Still, no one seems to mind because excitement levels are so high. Today will be a big day with some heavy hitter competitors, including Australia, Mexico, the U.S. , … Read more →

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