2011 WBC Finalist Número Dos

Miki Suzuki, barista champion of Japan, was our second competitor of the day, and as always she was unflappable. Though her microphone cut out from time to time, she didn’t miss a beat and the judges followed right along with her espresso-based exploration of acids. Building from her espressos to … Read more →

2011 WBC Finalist Número Uno

The 2011 WBC Finals are officially underway. The first competitor of the day, Spain’s Javier Garcia. Javier, a natural showman, used his music, attitude and boisterous supporters to really get the championship round off to a terrific start. 2011 marks the first year that a Spanish competitor has reached the … Read more →

Your 2011 WBC Finalists

Your 2011 WBC Finalists are: 1. Javier Garcia – Spain 2. Miki Suzuki – Japan 3. Matt Perger – Australia 4. John Gordon – UK 5. Alejandro Mendez – El Salvador 6. Pete Licata – USA Great job everyone!

2011 WBC Semifinalists 9-12

High- energy barista, Stephanos Domatiotis, the barista champion of Greece, created a signature drink inspired his own cafe’s customers. His customers don’t all like the same things, so why think the judges here would either? Instead he offers two versions of his sig drink made with syphons. One features Sidamo … Read more →

2011 WBC Semifinalists 5-8

As expected the place went nuts when the fifth competitor of the day took the stage. Lina Zea, barista champion of Colombia, was greeting with a rousing ovation by the hometown crowd. Only a few months ago, Lina did not speak any English, but after spending two months studying in … Read more →

2011 WBC semifinals 1-4

Spanish champion, Javier Garcia started the competition off this morning with a high energy performance that got the whole crowd energized. Australian champion, Matt Perger, followed with a routine that saw him creating his signature drink on the fly with input from the judges. John Gordon, UK champion, competed third. … 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 →

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