This man is a role model for the entire country of Italy, whose coffee history is long and storied, but whose recent history has not been positive, coffee wise.

WBC Finalist #3: Francesco Sanapo of Italy

Ohhhhh, Francesco. Francesco is one of the people who makes this industry great. He’s been at this for a long time—15 years!—and he’s been the Barista Champion of Italy three times. But not only is this the first time he’s made it to the finals, it’s the first time he’s … Read more →

Nick is a fantastic guy—so friendly, so humble, and a large part of the growing barista community in New Zealand.
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WBC Finalist #2: Nick Clark of New Zealand

Nick begins his performance by telling the judges how in love with his coffee he is — he says the first time he walked into the roastery—Flight Coffee Roasters, which he co-owns–this coffee, French Mission sundried, was singing to him. This coffee was sourced for Flight by Cafe Imports, by … Read more →

Thanasis Nikolis, Barista Champion of Greece, killedit in his semifinals routine.

WBC Semifinal Round

It’s been an exciting day here in Melbourne at the World Barista Championship. The 12 semifinalists have each taken the stage (as I write this, the final competitor of the day—William, Barista Champ of El Salvador—is serving his signature drinks), and these bandstands have completely filled out. There’s seating for … Read more →

Hanging out at the UNIC booth, Scottie Callaghan made me a sweet shot of espresso.

WBC 2013: Let’s Get This Party Started!

Here we are at day one of the World Barista Championship and the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE)! It’s a gorgeous fall day outside—but who would want to be outside when there’s all this fun happening at the Melbourne Showgrounds? Competitors in the World Barista Championship have been performing in … Read more →

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WBC Barista Meet & Greet Hosted by Proud Mary

I have to say, usually the Barista Meet & Greet parties that traditionally take place the day before the start of the World Barista Championship are a little, well, boring. The baristas are nervous about their pending performances, the spaces are often too small for the number of attendees, and … Read more →

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