Reliving the 2015 WBC Finals: France’s Charlotte Malaval

Barista Magazine’s editor Sarah Allen and publisher Kenneth R. Olson have been personally reporting on and photographing the World Barista Championship final round since 2005, when Barista Magazine launched. Sarah sits at the side of the stage, madly typing as she records the performance of each finalist, while Ken traverses … Read more →


Urnex Ambassadors Are Off and Running

After kicking off at the World Barista Championship in Seattle last week, the Urnex Ambassador Program begins an active year with barista champions Looking for a creative and unique way to support the national barista champions competing at the World Barista Championship in Seattle last weekend, Urnex Brands LLC developed … Read more →

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Job Opening for Barista with Allegro Coffee Roasters In Brooklyn

You can be a barista for Allegro Coffee Roasters in Brooklyn—Apply now! This isn’t grocery store coffee anymore. In 2013, the Allegro Coffee Roasters (ACR) brand was introduced to build a new coffee culture for Whole Foods Market. This isn’t grocery store coffee anymore. We plan to run the best coffee bars … Read more →

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2015 WBC Finalist #6: Ben Put, Canada

We may be in the United States, but we’re pretty far north—almost to Canada, you might say. But given the size and level of enthusiasm of the crowd gathered here in Seattle to cheer for Ben Put of Monogram Coffee, the Barista Champion of Canada, I can safely assume that … Read more →


2015 WBC Finalist #5: Chan Kwun Ho, Hong Kong

If Chan’s performance seems a little familiar, you’re not alone: he works for Kapo, the owner of the Cupping Room in Hong Kong. Kapo was the second-place finisher at the WBC in 2014. He’s using Cerro Azul Geisha, which Kapo used last year, which was roasted by Andy Sprenger of … Read more →


2015 WBC Finalist #4: Sasa Sestic, Australia

True confession: I was unfamiliar with Sasa Sestic until he won the Australian Barista Championship four weeks ago. But thanks to my pal Shanny Sena, a barista and cafe owner in Melbourne, I got up to speed quickly. Here are some things you have to know about Sasa: 1) He … Read more →


2015 WBC Finalist #2: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, United Kingdom

Swoon: I love Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (I think I even told him that after a couple of beers at a party the other night). He’s the consummate professional, he’s a walking definition of the quintessential charming Brit, he’s terribly droll, he’s exceptionally nice. He’s just one of those really good people. … Read more →

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