Barista Champs To Take Over Red Square!




National Barista Champs at the 2011 Soyuz Coffee Roasting event in Red Square

For the second year in a row, Soyuz Coffee Roasting (SCR) will host National Barista Champions during the annual Spasskaya Tower international military music festival in a feature area called the Specialty Coffee Show Starring Barista Champions.

Appearing September 1 “4:

¢ Raul Rodas, Guatemala, 2012 World Barista Champion

¢ Alejandro Mendez, El Salvador, 2011 World Barista Champion

¢ Daniel Mendez, 2012 Barista Champion of El Salvador

¢ Monika Palova, 2012 Barista Champion of Slovakia

¢ Francesco Sanapo, 2011 Barista Champion of Italy

Appearing September 5 “8

¢ Chris Loukakis, Greece, 2011 World Latte Art Champion

¢ Coen van Sprang, 2012 Barista Champion of the Netherlands

¢ Ricardo Azofeifa Mora, 2012 Barista Champion of Costa Rica

¢ Javier Garcia, 2011 Barista Champion of Spain

¢ Stefanos Domatiotis, 2012 World Barista Championship Finalist, and 6-time Barista Champion of Greece

I’m super stoked to have been invited to tag along for the festivities again this year ”Moscow is an amazing, breath-taking and totally wild city, and seeing it with a group as talented, intelligent and fun as this one will be an unforgettable experience, and one that I will write about for the October/November issue of Barista Magazine.

The party was packed every day and night of the coffee festival during the 2011 event. The Specialty Coffee Show Starring Champion Baristas, hosted by Soyuz Coffee Roasting, for 2012 will be even bigger.

SCR is a remarkable company for a lot of reasons, undertaking the seemingly impossible task of bringing high quality specialty coffee to the Russian masses among them. I’m also incredibly impressed that SCR produced last year, and again will produce this year, one of the most unique and successful strategies for communicating the brilliance, quality, notoriety, and passion of specialty coffee and its national barista champion ambassadors to an enormous number of people: more than 46,000 people ”including high-ranking diplomats, celebrities, and business elite ”are expected to turn out for the Specialty Coffee Show Starring Barista Champions this September.

You never know who will pay a visit at the coffee festival in Red Square; here, traditional dancers from Greece put on a spontaneous show in 2011.

These two groups of baristas will share their coffee knowledge with the masses, and prepare and serve tens of thousands of espresso beverages using SCR’s Barista, Mon Ami and Paretto brands of espresso. They will also serve the signature drink Spasskaya Tower, which was developed for last year’s event and was incredibly popular.

In a special ceremony on opening night, SCR will present French singer Mireille Mathieu with a commemorative signature drink designed in her honor to mark the occasion.

The festival is an eight-evening celebration running from September 1st through September 8th, with concerts and fireworks displays, cultural and musical performances by military bands nations set against the striking backdrop of the Kremlin.

To learn more about the Spasskaya Tower festival and the nations that will participate at the event, visit

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Sarah Allen (she/her) 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.