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.
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!