World Barista Championship FINALIST #4 LEE JONG HOON OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA Lee Jong Hoon says his least favorite part about being a barista is washing dishes. But it takes him a while to think of even that, so much does he love the barista craft. Lee Jong has … Read more →


World Barista Championship FINALIST #3 MICHAEL PHILLIPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Michael Phillips is a good guy—just a solid, honest, fun-loving, smart good guy. He’s the kind of guy you call at the last minute if you need someone to help move a couch. He’ll take a beer … Read more →

Finalist #2—HUNGARY

World Barista Championship FINALIST #2 ATTILA MOLNAR OF HUNGARY As the barista champion of Hungary in 2008, Attila Molnar placed 12th in Copenhagen at the World Barista Championship. Now, he is back, having brought his country to the finals for the very first time. It’s an enormous accomplishment in and … Read more →

Finalist #1: CANADA

World Barista Championship FINALIST #1 SAMMY PICCOLO OF CANADA This is what they call a veteran: Sammy’s appearance here today represents his fourth time in the World Barista Championship finals. He hails from the celebrated Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver, B.C., and has earned even more distinctions than barista champion, including … Read more →

Coffees of the Champions

So bright and early this morning I took it upon myself to assist each finalist for the 2009 in tasting and understanding better the coffees they have chosen for today. As difficult a task as it was I asked each champion to make me a cappuccino, and share with me … Read more →

And the finalists are…

You’ve been waiting for this for three long, barista-talent filled days, and it’s finally come: the announcement of the six finalists in the 1th World Barista Championship, being held here in Atlanta, Georgia. Finals take place tomorrow, Sunday, April 19, at noon EST. 1. HUNGARY—ATTILA MOLNAR 2. UNITED KINGDOM—GWILYM DAVIES … Read more →

Norway, Poland

#50: BARISTA CHAMPION OF NORWAY—ODA MISJE HAUG Oda is only 18 years old! You wouldnt know it by the level of professionalism of her performance, however—she’s incredibly knowledgable about her coffee, a washed Colombian she thoroughly understands. Her service is sweet and charming as she tells the judges that she … Read more →

Guatemala, Austria, Sweden

#47: BARISTA CHAMPION OF GUATEMALA—RAUL RODAS Raul is back this year after a tremendous showing in Copenhagen at the World Barista Championship in 2008. He has practiced hard for this second chance, and it shows. He is using a coffee from the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, and he is intimately … Read more →

United States, Argentina, Estonia

#44: BARISTA CHAMPION OF THE UNITED STATES—MICHAEL PHILLIPS Oh, Mike Phillips—he’s just one of the nicest, most genuine guys I know. By his own admission, he was an unlikely winner of the United States Barista Championship—he’s a workhorse, running a busy cafe in Chicago, competing when he can, and always … Read more →

Rep. of Korea, Rep. of Serbia, Czech Republic

#41: BARISTA CHAMPION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA: LEE JONG HOON The barista champion from the Republic of Korea is a polished performer from the moment he takes the stage. He is using a Cup of Excellence Costa Rican coffee, and he’s deft at explaining its beauties to the judges. … Read more →

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