It’s an exciting morning here in Vienna at the Wien Messe Congress Center, where the 2012 World Barista Championship has officially kicked off!
All is running on schedule — so far, the Barista Champions of New Zealand, Korea, Thailand, Russia, Romania, India, Kenya, and China have performed. Up next we have: Israel, Lithuania, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Denmark, France, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Norway, Guatemala, and Canada, are still to come today! To watch it all live, tune into the World Barista Championship website!
For now, here are some scenes from the morning…
I’m leaving you with a shot of the Barista Champion of Israel, Andrey Veitsman, giving a charming performance. More news to come!
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.