From an opening field of 36, we’re now down to just 8 competitors at the 2015 World Cup Tasters Championship. These eight will compete later day, with their rank whittled down to four competitors in tomorrow’s Finals round. Photos by Anna Brones for Sprudge.com.

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Your 2015 World Cup Tasters Championship Semi-Finalists are:

1. Juan Gabriel Cespedes, Ecomtrading Costa Rica, Costa Rica
2. Jan Richter Lorentzen, Kaffemisjonen AS, Norway
3. Mateusz Petlinski, Woyton Roast Inc., Germany
4. Terukiyo Tahara, Coffee Rankan, Japan
5. Piotr Sowa, Relaks, Poland
6. Jorge De Leon, Castellcafe/Axiom Coffee Ventures, Guatemala
7. Krisse McGregor, Coffee Lab, New Zealand
8. Yoeri Joosten, Boot Koffie, The Netherlands

Finalist List