Congratulations to the Barista Champion of the United Kingdom GWILYM DAVIES!!!!!!! I’m so excited that I didn’t even hear how many points he had. 2nd place: 619.5 points, Canada, Sammy Piccolo 3rd place: 618.5 points, United States of America, Michael Phillips 4th place: 572 points, Ireland, Colin Harmon 5th place: … Read more →

Finalist #6: IRELAND

World Barista Championship FINALIST #6 COLIN HARMON OF IRELAND One year and one day ago, Colin started his first barista job. That is to say, ne year ago, he didn’t know how to turn an espresso machine on. He as a trustee officer for a financial institution, and he realized … Read more →

Finalist #5: United Kingdom

World Barista Championship FINALIST #5 GWILYM DAVIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM Gwilym is a chilled out British dude who lives on a boat in London with his dog. He has two coffee carts, and he’s made friends with the good people at Square Mile Coffee—that would be James and Anette … Read more →


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 →

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