The vibe around the WBC stage is totally different today than yesterday, as the World of Coffee conference and trade show floor is open! It’s a fun show, full of over-the-top flashy booths, and lots of heavy hitters from the best equipment and coffee product companies in the world! So the atmosphere is really fun and exciting.
I just got back from cruising around the show floor for a few hours, visiting friends at their booths and catching up. So much fun! Now, back at the WBC stage, we’re down to the last eight competitors before the announcement will be made of which 12 barista champions will move onto tomorrow’s semifinals round. Nerve-wracking!
As we excitedly watch these final eight (Argentina, the UK, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Chile, Nicaragua, and Guatemala), here are some shots of the day so far…
We’re running a bit behind schedule with the barista competition, so expect the semifinals announcement at around 5:30 or 6, Vienna time. Watch live online at worldbaristachampionship.com!
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.