Round one of the 2019 World Barista Championship is over—here’s a schedule of the semifinalists.
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Photo by Paige Hicks
Over two days, almost 60 baristas from around the world competed in the World Barista Championship (WBC), taking place during the Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association. On Friday evening, that list of 60 was whittled down to 16.
Here’s a list of all the competitors we’ll see take the stage again during the semifinal round of the WBC on Saturday. After this round, only six baristas will move on to compete in the final round on Sunday and a chance at the title of World Barista Champion.
All times are in EDT.
9:52 AM—Mikael Jasin, Common Grounds Coffee Roaster, Indonesia
10:16 AM—Giacomo Vannelli, Vannelli Specialty Coffee, Italy
10:40 AM—Dove Chen, Grey St Kitchen Cafe, New Zealand
11:04 AM—Junior Vargas Otero, Gota Coffee, Austria
11:28 AM—Jooyeon Jeon, Momos Coffee, South Korea
11:52 AM—Michael Harris, Henry and Sons Co Inc., Philippines
12:16 PM—Mathieu Theis, Mame, Switzerland
12:40 PM—Carlos de la Torre, Cafe con Jiribilla, Mexico
1:10 PM—Mathew Lewin, ONA Coffee, Australia
1:34 PM—Martha Grill, Octàvio Café, Brazil
1:58 PM—Matt Winton, Mame, Sweden
2:22 PM—Wojtek Bialczak, Five Elephant Coffee, Germany
2:46 PM—Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, The UnderDog, Greece
3:10 PM—Konstantin Khramov, DoubleB Coffee and Tea, Russia
3:34 PM—Maria Elena Rivera, Kaba Coffee Center/Franco Specialty Coffee Shop, Costa Rica
3:58 PM—Cole Torode, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Canada
We’ll see you on the floor tomorrow!