WBC 2014 Finalist 5 – Hidenori Izaki, Japan

BARISTA CHAMPION OF JAPAN Hidenori Izaki Maruyama Coffee Co., Ltd. Read our interview with Hidenori here. Hidenori comes to the World Barista Championship this year with plenty of experience, including representing Japan and doing quite well at last year’s World Barista Championship in Melbourne. And once he’s had a taste, … Read more →


WBC 2014 Finalist 4 – Craig Simon, Australia

BARISTA CHAMPION OF AUSTRALIA Craig Simon Think Tank Coffee Read our interview with Craig here. The fourth finalist of the 2014 WBC, is Craig Simon of Australia, who I just had the pleasure of watching compete in his national championship a few weeks ago in Melbourne. Craig has been one … Read more →


WBC 2014 Finalist 2 – Kapo Chiu, Hong Kong

BARISTA CHAMPION OF HONG KONG Kapo Chiu The Cupping Room Read our interview with Kapo here. The second finalist of the day, Kapo’s performance is incredibly complicated and complex—in fact, he has to inform the judges about all of the details of this multifaceted performance. He begins by explaining how … Read more →

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WBC 2014 Finalist 1 – William Hernandez, El Salvador

BARISTA CHAMPION OF EL SALVADOR William Hernandez Viva Espresso Find our interview with William here. The first finalist of the 2014 World Barista Championship is William Hernandez, who hails from none other than Viva Espresso in San Salvador. Viva is known for producing champions—WBC Champ of 2011 Alejandro Mendez, to … Read more →


WBC Rimini, Round 1, Day 2: All the Action in Photos

Article and photos by Kate Beard Yesterday, the remaining 25 competitors gave their performances for the preliminary round of the World Barista Championships 2014. It was yet another long, tough day for the baristas, their teams, and the wonderful staff and volunteers. I’m sure it was a tough day even … Read more →


WBC Semifinalists Announcement, Photos, Profiles

After two days of intense preliminary round performances, the 54 national barista champions gathered here at the World Barista Championship in Rimini, Italy, gathered on stage to hear which 12 of them had scored high enough to qualify them for the semifinal round. If you thought winning on a national … Read more →


WBC Rimini Round 1, Day 1: All the Action in Photos

Article and photos by Kate Beard The SCAE World of Coffee kicked off on Monday in gloriously sunny Rimini, Italy. Baristas and spectators alike crowded into the Rimini Fiera convention centre beginning at 8 a.m. to watch the competition unfold. Twenty-eight baristas representing countries from Argentina to Zambia gave their performances … Read more →


It’s Barista Beach Party Week in Rimini!

Rimini is a seriously crazy place, and with 10,000 coffee professionals crowding in for the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s World of Coffee event this week, where the World Barista Championship is also being held, this city is set to rise way up on the crazy scale. Waiting for Rimini … Read more →


Barista Champion of Zambia

Editor’s note: As we approach the beginning of the 2014 World Barista Championship, which takes place in Rimini, Italy, June 9–12, at the SCAE’s World of Coffee event, we would like to introduce you to the National Barista Champions who all worked incredibly hard to earn a position in this … Read more →

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