World Barista Championships 2013

What is World Barista Championship?

About The World Barista Championship

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is an international coffee competition that focuses on promoting excellence in coffee. Each year, Baristas from over 50 Nations compete each preparing 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 of their own signature coffee drinks from traditional espresso machines, to be evaluated by WBC Certified Judges. Each Barista is allotted a 15-minute performance set after which, performances are judged in terms of the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill and overall presentation.

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) founded the World Barista Championship, with the aim of advancing the Barista profession and engaging a global audience in the annual championship event, following local and regional events worldwide.

The WBC in 2007 held in Tokyo Japan saw James Hoffmann of the UK reign supreme in front of a record crowd at the time of 2000. The UK held strong for another two years with Stephen Morrissey of Ireland winning the prestigious title in 2008 in Copenhagen and the UK’s Gwilym Davies taking the crown in Atlanta 2009. In 2010 on home soil Colin Harmon of Ireland took fourth place at the event in London, with Michael Phillips of the USA taking the title back to Chicago. The event in 2011 held in Bogotá saw the UK’s John Gordon take 6th place and the winner was Alejandro Mendez of El Salvador. Alejandro marked a milestone in WBC history, becoming the first ever winner from a coffee-producing country.

The 2012 World Barista Championship was held in Vienna and drew a local crowd of 4000 cheering the competing baristas on. The event also attracted an online audience of more that 25,000! The 2012 winner and reigning world Barista Champion is Raul Rodas from Guatemala, Colin Harmon of Ireland finished in a respectable third place and Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, also from the UK, took sixth place.

This year’s event is to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 22-26 May. Fingers crossed that our home grown Barista talent shines through and brings the title of World Barista Champion back to the UK.

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