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Reliving the 2015 WBC Finals: The U.S.A.’s Charles Babinski

Barista Magazine’s editor Sarah Allen and publisher Kenneth R. Olson have been personally reporting on and photographing the World Barista Championship final round since 2005, when Barista Magazine launched. Sarah sits at the side of the stage, madly typing as she records the performance of each finalist, while Ken traverses … Read more →

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Reliving the 2015 WBC Finals: The U.K.’s Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood

Barista Magazine’s editor Sarah Allen and publisher Kenneth R. Olson have been personally reporting on and photographing the World Barista Championship final round since 2005, when Barista Magazine launched. Sarah sits at the side of the stage, madly typing as she records the performance of each finalist, while Ken traverses … Read more →

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Reliving the 2015 WBC Finals: France’s Charlotte Malaval

Barista Magazine’s editor Sarah Allen and publisher Kenneth R. Olson have been personally reporting on and photographing the World Barista Championship final round since 2005, when Barista Magazine launched. Sarah sits at the side of the stage, madly typing as she records the performance of each finalist, while Ken traverses … Read more →

He's so nice! He's so smart!

2015 WBC Finalist #6: Ben Put, Canada

We may be in the United States, but we’re pretty far north—almost to Canada, you might say. But given the size and level of enthusiasm of the crowd gathered here in Seattle to cheer for Ben Put of Monogram Coffee, the Barista Champion of Canada, I can safely assume that … Read more →

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2015 WBC Finalist #5: Chan Kwun Ho, Hong Kong

If Chan’s performance seems a little familiar, you’re not alone: he works for Kapo, the owner of the Cupping Room in Hong Kong. Kapo was the second-place finisher at the WBC in 2014. He’s using Cerro Azul Geisha, which Kapo used last year, which was roasted by Andy Sprenger of … Read more →

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2015 WBC Finalist #4: Sasa Sestic, Australia

True confession: I was unfamiliar with Sasa Sestic until he won the Australian Barista Championship four weeks ago. But thanks to my pal Shanny Sena, a barista and cafe owner in Melbourne, I got up to speed quickly. Here are some things you have to know about Sasa: 1) He … Read more →

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2015 WBC Finalist #2: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, United Kingdom

Swoon: I love Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (I think I even told him that after a couple of beers at a party the other night). He’s the consummate professional, he’s a walking definition of the quintessential charming Brit, he’s terribly droll, he’s exceptionally nice. He’s just one of those really good people. … Read more →

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2015 WBC Finalist #1: Charlotte Malaval, France

I saw Charlotte compete in the French Barista Championship in February—she was marvelous then, but she’s grown into something else entirely since. Working with roaster (and multi-time Italian Barista Champ, plus 2013 WBC finalist Francesco Sanapo’s coffee ditta Artigianale), and Cafes Richard’s Michael McCauley—himself a WBC certified judge, as well … Read more →

From left: Ben of Cana, Charlotte of France, Maxwell of UK, Charles of USA, Sasa of Australia, and Chan of Hong Kong.

2015 World Barista Championship Finalists!

The brilliant group of baristas who have made it to the final round of the 2015 World Barista Championship Finalists listed in order of appearance in tomorrow’s final round CHARLOTTE MALAVAL, FRANCE (11:45 A.M.) MAXWELL COLONNA-DASHWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM (12:25 P.M.) CHARLES BABINSKI, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (1:05 P.M.) SASA SESTIC, … Read more →

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