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WBC Atlanta 2009

Coffees of the Champions

So bright and early this morning I took it upon myself to assist each finalist for the 2009 in tasting and understanding better the coffees they have chosen for today. As difficult a task as […]

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WBC Atlanta 2009

United States, Argentina, Estonia

#44: BARISTA CHAMPION OF THE UNITED STATES ”MICHAEL PHILLIPS Oh, Mike Phillips ”he’s just one of the nicest, most genuine guys I know. By his own admission, he was an unlikely winner of the United […]

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WBC Atlanta 2009

Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand

#24: BARISTA CHAMPION OF MEXICO ”ALVARO CARRASCO I met Alvaro in Mexico at the natinal championship back in September. Mexico was the first country to put the new WBC rules and regulations into use, and […]

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WBC Atlanta 2009

Rwanda, Turkey, Lithuania, Iceland

#16: BARISTA CHAMPION OF RWANDA ”JEAN PIERRE NYAMABUMBA I was lucky enough to meet Jean Pierre ”or JP ”in Rwanda at the country’s first national barista championship, held last February in Kigali. JP is a […]

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WBC Atlanta 2009

South Africa, Lebanon, Greece

#7: BARISTA CHAMPION OF SOUTH AFRICA ”ISHAN NATALIE Ishan Natalie is a truly engaging, enjoyable barista to watch. So friendly and confident, Ishan brings an easy elegance to the stage. This came across especially well […]

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Coffee

Meeting Producers

Last night’s Meet the Producers event at Stumptown was far and away the largest gathering of it’s kind I’d ever been to. It was awesome! Tons of coffee folks mingled with curious coffee enthusiasts, and […]

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WBC Copenhagen 2008

THE FINALS!

Here we are! It’s crazy to believe that we made it to this point after three long days of preliminary competition. There are probably 1000 people packed into this small, tight room. First things first: […]

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WBC Copenhagen 2008

Competitors #49 ”#52

#49 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF IRELAND STEPHEN MORRISSEY I was lucky enough to score a shot of Stephen’s espresso this morning back in the prep room, and man, it blew me away. Soooo sweet, so deep […]