Welcome to Day One of the World Barista Championship here in Boston, Massachusetts! We’re going to see 28 competitors across three stages in a jam packed, whip-fast seven hours of barista action. This year’s WBC added a live scoring element, giving the day’s routines more of a sense of immediacy. Competitors eyes are all affixed to screens in hopes of finding out if their Semi-Finals dreams were still alive. We’ll be updating this post with live scores and competitor photos as they happen so stay tuned!

Make sure you are following along with us over at Sprudge Live for coverage all weekend long, and be sure to follow @SprudgeLive on Twitter and @Sprudge on Instagram for coverage even more coffee competition content. Our much-loved Live Tweet coverage of the event will begin once things get a little less crowded on Saturday.

All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by Acaia, Baratza, Faema, Cafe Imports, Wilbur Curtis, Third Wave Water, Minor Figures, and Mahlkönig.

In 2019 SprudgeLive is home to the Digital Roasters Village, because it takes a village to cover a barista competition. The Digital Roasters Village features Camber Coffee, Verve Coffee, Partners Coffee, Intelligentsia Coffee, Rishi Tea, Kickapoo Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee, Onyx Coffee Lab, Creation Coffee, Amavida, and Equator Coffees without whom this work would not be possible.

Delia Avram, Le Cafe Alain Ducasse, Romania

Junior Vargas Otero, Gota Coffee, Austria

Martha Grill, Octavio Café, Brazil

Viktor Örn Ellingsson, Kaffitár, Iceland

Zkenek Hybl, Onesip Coffee, Czech Republic

Juan Camilo Giraldo, TallerCafe, Chile

Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, The UnderDog, Greece

Sam Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters, USA

Nisan Agca, Turkey

Mathew Lewin, ONA Coffee, Australia

Wendelien Van Bunnik, Single Estate Coffee Roasters, The Netherlands

Wojtek Bialczak, Five Elephant Coffee, Germany

Harry Mole, TriBeCa Coffee Company, South Africa

Adrian Berg, Dromedar, Norway

David Solano, 12 Onzas, Guatemala

Slawek Saran, Forum, Poland

Tomoko Yamamoto, Unir, Japan

Cesar Bermejo, Brew Coffee Company, Panama

Matt Winton, Mame, Sweden

Jooyeon Jeon, Momos Coffee, South Korea

Maryam Abdullayeva, Coffee Bar, Azerbaijan

Wojciech Tysler, Bewley’s, Ireland

Jonatan Mendoza, Bourbon Coffee Roasters, El Salvador

Mathieu Theis, Mame, Switzerland

Kanda Thochampa, NaNa Coffee Roasters, Thailand

Spitsyn Palvo, Lion Coffee, Ukraine

Jonas Gehl, Prolog Coffee, Denmark

Tune in tomorrow for more World Barista Championship action!