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 →
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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
Well it’s finally here. The first-ever WBC held in producing country is officially underway. The competition began at eight this morning and is scheduled to run through five this evening with 27 national champions taking the stage. Though the ExpoEspeciales trade show hasn’t opened yet, there are still quite a … Read more →
A staple of any WBC is the barista meet and greet party, so last night after the day wrapped up at the competition space, we boarded buses and headed across town. So sure, it wasn’t exactly a quick trip through Bogota rush hour traffic, but after an hour and a … Read more →