The day is moving right along. Some snafus, as always — poor Raul, the Guatemala Champion, is still waiting to for his gear to arrive, so he won;’t compete until Day 2 (Wednesday) of the preliminary round. But nothing terribly major — and Raul is handling it all like a champ, as always.
Mostly things are going well! As we are hard at work documenting this event for our traditional huge coverage in the August/September issue of Barista Magazine, we have been photographing all of the champions as they come off the stage. And they seem pretty happy, pretty excited, about their performances!
Since I last blogged, champions from Lithuania, Italy, Sweden, and Iceland have performed (Poland, by the way, has been bumped a bit lower down for some circumstances).
Next up in the Barista Champion of Denmark, Torfi ÃžoÌr Torfason , who works for the Coffee Collective in Copenhagen.
Once again, be sure to log on to the World Barista Championship’s live feed of the competition online right now!
Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.