The 2017 World Barista Championship Schedule—Round One

We have the official schedule for the first round of the World Barista Championship, starting today! Scroll down to see when your favorite competitors take the stage!


Today kicks off the first round of the World Barista Championship (WBC) in Seoul, South Korea. Competitors from nearly 60 countries will battle today and November 10 for 16 spots in the semifinal round on November 11, and a winner will be crowned after the final round on November 12.

This WBC will be the debut of a number of rule and format changes that were introduced by World Coffee Events earlier this year. The top 15 competitors in the first round will move on to the next round of competition, with a 16th spot going to the highest-scoring barista on the winning Team Bar competition, which will take place during the first round of performances. Live scoring will also be introduced at this WBC. We’re excited to see new rules implemented that will allow baristas to be more creative with their presentations, including changes to the layout of tables and the elimination of technical scoresheets in the semifinal and final rounds.

Each performance will be broadcast via livestream, so check the World Coffee Events website for the link to watch your favorite competitors! And continue to check our website and Instagram for updates!


All times are GMT +9 Seoul local time

9:15 a.m.: Thailand

9:23 a.m.: New Zealand

9:31 a.m.: Singapore

10:01 a.m.: Honduras

10:09 a.m.: Greece

10:17 a.m.: Japan

10:47 a.m.: Colombia

10:55 a.m.: Australia

11:03 a.m.: Latvia

11:33 a.m.: Austria

11:41 a.m.: Spain

Round One invites each National Barista Champion to perform their routines for an international panel of judges. Here’s Yoshikazu Iwase of Japan competing last year in Dublin, Ireland.

11:49 a.m.: Lithuania

12:19 p.m.: Poland

12:27 p.m.: Brazil

12:35 p.m.: United Arab Emirates

1:05 p.m.: Finland

1:13 p.m.: India

1:21 p.m.: Philippines

1:51 p.m.: South Africa

1:59 p.m.: Nicaragua

2:07 p.m.: Mexico

2:37 p.m.: United States of America

2:45 p.m.: Costa Rica

2:53 p.m.: Taiwan

3:23 p.m.: Germany

3:31 p.m.: Belarus

3:39 p.m.: Czech Republic

4:09 p.m.: Turkey

4:17 p.m.: United Kingdom

4:25 p.m.: Indonesia

The first round of competition will take place over two days and nearly 60 competitors will take the stage, including three-time Canadian National Barista Champion Ben Put.


9:15 a.m.: Kenya

9:23 a.m.: Guatemala

9:31 a.m.: Malaysia

10:01 a.m.: Hong Kong

10:09 a.m.: El Salvador

10:17 a.m.: Romania

10:47 a.m.: Ireland

10:55 a.m.: Sweden

11:03 a.m.: Hungary

11:33 a.m.: France

11:41 a.m.: China

11:49 a.m.: Puerto Rico

12:19 p.m.: Ecuador

12:27 p.m.: Denmark

Competitors will be scored live, adding another element of excitement to this competition.

12:35 p.m.: Slovakia

1:05 p.m.: Canada

1:13 p.m.: Vietnam

1:21 p.m.: Russia

1:51 p.m.: Norway

1:59 p.m.: South Korea

2:07 p.m.: Italy

2:37 p.m.: Switzerland

2:45 p.m.: Uganda

2:53 p.m.: Portugal

3:23 p.m.: Iran

3:31 p.m.: Ukraine

4:01 p.m.: Netherlands

4:09 p.m.: Panama

Fifteen competitors will move on to the semifinal round, with one spot reserved for the highest-scoring barista on the winning Team Bar team.


10:20-11:00 a.m.: Team Tamper
Canada, China, Italy, Kenya, Romania

11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Team Pressure
Guatemala, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vietnam

1:00-1:40 p.m.: Team Steam
Ecuador, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Uganda

2:20-3:00 p.m.: Team Blend
Denmark, Hong Kong, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Panama

3:40-4:20 p.m.: Team Extract
El Salvador, France, Iran, Slovakia, South Korea


10:20-11:00 a.m.: Team Portafilter
Belarus, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Thailand

11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Team Knockbox
Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Lithuania, New Zealand, United States of America

1:00-1:40 p.m.: Team Scale
Australia, Costa Rica, Poland, Singapore, Phillipines, Turkey

2:20-3:00 p.m.: Team Espresso
Brazil, Honduras, Latvia, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom

3:40-4:20 p.m.: Team Brew
Austria, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Nicaragua, United Arab Emirates

We’ll continue to report live from Seoul, so keep checking the website for scores, updates, and news coverage of the 2017 World Barista Championship! 

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