Lecture Series by Colombian Coffee Hub Continues

Ever since the World Barista Championship was held in Bogotá in 2011, the Colombian Coffee Federation has doubled, tripled, quadrupled its efforts to provide access to education for everyone along the chain, from producer to barista. The Colombian Coffee Hub—which is like Facebook but better, as it includes education and … Read more →

Keeping Up With the Colombians

I don’t know if you’ve been over to the Colombian Coffee Hub yet, but it’s pretty awesome! We’ve been watching all these recent videos submitted for the Camp Pull-A-Shot Scholarship, but meanwhile, former WBC Champion and current international coffee man of mystery (and roaster extraordinaire) Tim Wendelboe is traveling around … Read more →

Colombia Revisited

No doubt the World Barista Championship held in Bogotá, Colombia this past June was one of the best ever. Not only with the winning barista hailing from a producing country (you can read all about Alejandro in the current issue of Barista Magazine) but with the event held in a … Read more →

Your 2011 WBC Semifinalists

The twelve WBC Semifinalists are: 1. Javier Garcia – Spain 2. Jose de la Pena – Guatemala 3. HyunSun Choi – Korea 4. Lina Zea – Colombia 5. John Gordon – UK 6. Miki Suzuki – Japan 7. Ricardo Azofefifa Mora – Costa Rica 8. Stefanos Domatiotis – Greece 9. … Read more →

WBC Day Two – Special Edition

Then final competitor of the day gets a post all his own because his performance is really all about all baristas. Patrick Vilhelmsson, barista champion of Bulgaria, made it to Bogota for the competition. Unfortunately, none of his supplies or equipment did. Still he was able to perform here at … Read more →

WBC Day Two Continued

The competition continues to roll on, and we’re now down to the final three competitors of the afternoon. Then the 12 semifinalists will be announced later this afternoon. I can honestly say Y that after watching almost all of the competitors more than 12 deserve to move on, but that’s … Read more →

WBC Day Two

As suspected, as the day has progressed, the stands have started to fill up, and the atmosphere is becoming more charged. Luis Fernando Velez, the godfather of the barista movement here in Colombia, actually just confessed to me that he’s a little worried for tomorrow and Sunday because local media … Read more →

WBC Day One Done – Day Two Begun

Day one finished in epic style yesterday with terrific performances by the baristas from Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Japan, surrounding a rousing, raucous reception for the hometown favorite, Lina Zea from right here in Bogota. The stands were packed, and it felt more like a finals atmosphere than the first … Read more →

WBC Day One Continued

Well we’ve made it through 22 competitors so far today with another seven to go. The audience has steadily built throughout the day, so by the time the weekend rolls around, this place is going to be packed. Here are some shots from the competition area and around the show.

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