Welcome to beautiful Budapest for the 2017 World Coffee Championships! We’re here on the east side of the Danube River in Pest bringing you live coverage of every event taking place over the next three days. Brewers Cup, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Coffee in Good Spirits, there are so many world championships happening at one time it’ll make your head spin!

Each discipline highlights a variety of skills in those competing. The technical precision of Brewers Cup, the beauty of Latte Art, the exacting palates at Cup Tasters, and the creativity of Coffee in Good Spirits, all of these incredible talents were on full display here on Day One. These are some of the world’s best baristas that competed today and they showed exactly why they earned such an honorific.

There have been so many great moments already, and we’re still on the first day! We were there to capture a few of those moments, and it is our great privilege to share some of our favorites with you here!

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Brewers Cup

Hometown competitor Marton Lonkai of Steamhouse serving coffee to the judges.
Hometown competitor Marton Lonkai of Steamhouse serving coffee to the judges.
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Jaranya Chanwong of Simple Coffee Simple Life in Thailand prepares for her routine.
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Daniella René Nyström of Scandinavian Embassy in The Netherlands presenting to the judges.
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Dylan Siemens of Onyx Coffee Lab in the USA pours a lovely cup of coffee.
A judge removes the snifter lid during the performance from Yasuhito Kobayashi of Ogawa Coffee in Japan
A judge removes the glencairn lid during the performance from Yasuhito Kobayashi of Ogawa Coffee in Japan.

Latte Art Championship

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Ieva Meiliūnaitė of Vero Cafe in Lithuania during her Cinderella themed routine.
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Lucas Eng of JWC Global in Malaysia focuses on his pour.
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Renata Khedun of 9th Degree Coffee Roaster in Ireland doing some multi-colored etching.
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Arnon Thitiprasert of Risr8to in Thailand captivates the judges.
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Clara Drake Pihlgren of da Mateo in Sweden concentrates on her pour.

Cup Tasters

Esther Maasdam of Manhattan Coffee Roasters in The Netherlands deep in concentration.
Esther Maasdam of Manhattan Coffee Roasters in The Netherlands deep in concentration.
CUEVAS! Steve Cuevas of Keffa Coffee in the USA doing his thing.
CUEVAS! Steve Cuevas of Keffa Coffee in the USA doing his thing.
Iceland's Paulina Bernaciak was one of three women competing in her heat, along with Jessica Thomson of Austria and Eliska Jandova of the Czech Republic.
Paulina Bernaciak of Te og Kaffi in Iceland gets down.
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Benjamin Hohlmann of Kaffeemacher in Germany slurping for his life.
Julian Loayza of Mokha1450 in the United Arab Emirates shocks the crowd (and the volunteers) by going a perfect 8 for 8.
Julian Loayza of Mokha1450 in the United Arab Emirates shocks the crowd (and the volunteers) by going a perfect 8 for 8.

Note: The Coffee in Good Spirits competition is getting saucy tonight off-site, but everything will get going fully bright and early tomorrow.

Sprudge Media Network’s coverage of the 2017 World Coffee Championships at World of Coffee Budapest is made possible by support from Acaia, Aerobie, Baratza, Cafe Imports, Pacific Foods, and Swiss Water Decaf. All of our 2017 competition coverage worldwide is underwritten with support from Urnex Brands and Nuova Simonelli