We’re halfway through Round One of the World Barista Championship in Boston, Massachusetts, one step closer to the ultimate goal: crowning the 2019 World Barista Champion. 27 coffee professionals from all over the world will round out the field here today as we inch closer to the Semi-Final round.

With three stages going at one time, we’ll be continue to photo-document all the day’s goings on, posting them here and on Twitter at @SprudgeLive, so make sure you check back for regular updates. And check out @Sprudge on Instagram for even more coffee competition content from the World Barista Championship, the World Brewers Cup, and maybe even a cheeky sneak peak at the Expo floor. 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.

Tom Balerin, Criteria Coffee, France

Goda Pangonyte, Italala Caffe, Lithuania

Michael Harris, Henry and Sons Co Inc., Philippines

Aaron Phua, Café Thirty Seconds, Malaysia

Carlos de la Torre, Cafe con Jiribilla, Mexico

Jozeaf Deak, Mozata, Hungary

Jingui Zhu, Uncle G Coffee, China

Janis Podins, The Coffee Collective, Latvia

Simon Janik, Fefe Café, Slovakia

Mikael Jasin, Common Grounds Coffee Roaster, Indonesia

Melody Lu, Taiwan

Daria Pinchuk, Single Step Coffee Co., Belarus

Paul Ross, Kiss The Hippo, United Kingdom

Carlos Rene Guerra, Cafe San Rafael, Honduras

Konstantin Khramov, DoubleB Coffee and Tea, Russia

Brian Mubanga, Munali Café, Zambia

Joanni Largo Juan, Café de Colombia- Juan Valdez Café, Colombia

Kaisa Kokkonen, Kaffa Roastery, Finland

Lee Jiun Loong, 2Degrees North Coffee, Singapore

Jonathan Ramirez, Verena Kaffee Labor, Ecuador

Maria Elena Rivera, Kaba Coffee Center/Franco Specialty Coffee Shop, Costa Rica

Cole Torode, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Canada

Dove Chen, Grey St Kitchen Cafe, New Zealand

Giacomo Vannelli, Vannelli Specialty Coffee, Italy

Marcus Gonzalez Hernandez, Delikia, Spain

Anibal Kovalef, Origin Coffee Lab/The Coffee Road, Peru

Hillary Mugasitsi, The Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant, Kenya

We’ll be back tomorrow for Live coverage of the Semi-Finals!