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.
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!