2014 World Barista Championship: Day Two

39. 11:35 Varatt Vichit-Vadakan, Think Beyond, Thailand

Our next barista is Varatt Vichit-Vadakan, representing Think Beyond in Thailand.

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Read this feature all about Think Beyond in Bangkok, home to Thai national champ Varatt Vichit-Vadakan

Mr. Vichit-Vadakan is competing with Thai grown coffee, from Chiang Mai in the north of the country!

But not just Thai coffee! for espresso service, Mr. Vichit-Vadakan competes with a Panama Gesha grown near Boquete!

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Mr. Vicihit-Vadakan transferring his espresso from a demitasse into a brandy glass–alternative glassware ahoy!

40. 11:55 Maxwell Colonna-DashwoodColonna & Small’s, United Kingdom @colonna_smalls

We covered Mr. Colonna-Dashwood’s UKBC win just a few months ago in London–learn more:

“Speciality coffee can take you to some very unexpected places.”

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“I’ve turned the science of water into illustrations,” and indeed he has! There’s huge cartoon prop board on stage.

The competitor has donned a lab coat and lab goggles for the science lecture portion of his performance.

This is a mirrored routine from Mr. Colonna-Dashwood’s 2014 UKBC winning routine: 

Most people don’t put on a lab coat & goggles & spend the first four minutes of their routine talking about water. Most people are not Mr. Colonna-Dashwood.

Mr. Colonna-Dashwood competes here at w/Nicaragua longberry for capps, accompanied by English Jersey herd milk.

“Can I get a time check please?”–crickets. “No?”–crickets again.

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Each shot individually sieved into the portafilter. EK43 grinder.

Mr. Colonna-Dashwood’s coffee was roasted in partnership with and Ben Presland.

Read more about the roasting program at in our feature from 2013, written by

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Mr. Colonna-Dashwood’s espressos & sig drinks are made with an Ethiopia Aricha, a Woreda located in Yirgacheffe.

Sig drink: plum jam, high buffer water, espresso, pomegranate infusion, and atomized high mineral water.


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