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 →


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 →


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 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 … Read more →

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, United Kingdom

WBC Competitors in Pictures: Round 1, Day 1

The 2015 WBC competitors in all their mesmerizing glory PHOTOS BY KATE BEARD FOR WORLD COFFEE EVENTS (Photos of World Barista Championship competitors from round 1, day 2, will appear as soon as we have them. Please check back here soon!)


2015 World Barista Championship Semifinalists!

Here they are, the 2015 World Barista Championship Semifinalists! (In no particular order) Czech Republic: Adam Neubauer Canada: Ben Put Singapore: John Ryan Ting Hong Kong: Chan Kwun Ho Norway: Alexander Hansen France: Charlotte Malaval United States: Charles Babinski Japan: Yoshikazu Iwase Finland: Kalle Freese Italy: Giacomo Vannelli United Kingdom: … Read more →

Judges select a winner in the finals.

Inland Empire TNT Season Wraps With a Bang

Klatch Coffee hosts Inland Empire TNT’s grand finale in Rancho Cucamonga, California We’ve had a blast both following and supporting the Inland Empire TNT series that has taken Southern California by storm this past year, thanks to the enormous efforts of its organizer, Gabriel Venegas, and its many helpers and volunteers. … Read more →

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