2012 World Barista Championship Finalists!

(in no particular order) BARISTA CHAMPION OF THE UK: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood BARISTA CHAMPION OF MEXICO: Fabrizio Sencíon Ramírez BARISTA CHAMPION OF JAPAN: Miki Suzuki BARISTA CHAMPION OF GREECE: Stefanos Domatiotis BARISTA CHAMPION OF IRELAND: Colin Harmon BARISTA CHAMPION OF GUATEMALA: Raul Rodas Watch these 6 amazing baristas compete for the … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #12: Daniel Mendez, El Salvador

Daniel Mendez had something of a special trainer: as he hails from the same company as 2011 WBC Champ Alejandro Mendez, Alejandro was his coach. And the expertise Alejandro used to win the WBC in 2011 certainly helped his friend, Daniel, who delivered a rock’n’roll performance of coffee excellence in … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #11: Miki Suzuki, Japan

Miki Suzuki just dropped a big ol’ cute bomb up in here. Seriously, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a barista who is so adorable, so cute, and also so technically brilliant, and passionate about coffee. Miki went to Nicaragua to visit the farm where her coffees came from, … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #9: Stefanos Domatiotis, Greece

This is the sixth—that’s right, SIXTH—time Stefanos has represented his country at the World Barista Championship. He’s come close to the crown before, but never quite reached it. So this past year, he made his entire life about this week in Vienna, and committed fully to presenting his exceptional coffee … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #8: Colin Harmon, Ireland

Colin aimed high with his performance here in Vienna, and by aiming high, I mean breaking everything down to the bare bones, and reinventing what a baristacompetition performance, and thusly, a cafe service experience, should be. Have you ever seen a barista competitor spend the final 2.5 minutes of his/her … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #6: Matija Hrkac, Croatia

Matija Hrkac of Croatia began his performance with a thing of beauty: a siphon filled with cherries, golden plums, and red fruits, which he brewed in from of the judges. I was mesmerized watching the bright pink liquid boiling up and then down through the siphon. It would be only … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #5: Philipp Meier, Switzerland

Philipp Meier is undeniably professional, like the wisened restauranteur whose fine dining establishment you’ve been visiting for decades. But Philipp is in his 20s. To have this kind of presence and graciousness is not only a gift, but something he surely works on. Everyone, myself included, was utterly charmed by … Read more →

WBC Semifinalist #4: Per Nordell, Sweden

Per Nordell, who owns a coffee roastery with his wife in the mountains of Sweden, made his performance all about contrasts: using a washed coffee from Antigua, Guatemala, Per discussed how the flavors from that mountainous coffee worked perfectly with the regional, traditional spices and flavors from his own mountainous … Read more →

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