Day Two has come and gone at the World Coffee Championships here in Budapest, Hungary, and we now know the finalists for the Brewers Cup, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, and Coffee in Good Spirits, all of whom will be giving it one last go tomorrow in hopes of being crown world champion in their respective discipline.
The Sprudge team has been bouncing around the four corners of the HungExpo building at breakneck speeds to bring you the sights and sounds from every competition stage. Covering these sort of multi-event coffee competition isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon… that you run at a sprint, and we couldn’t be happier to be here to keep you up to date.
Day Two has seen more than its fair share of thrills and spills. We saw the first on-site appearance of the always-flashy Coffee in Good Spirits competition, the only coffee event that we are aware of to feature a saber on stage, though unfortunately there has been no weaponry yet in 2017. We’ve watched as the Cup Tasters was whittled from 16 down to eight and then finally to the final four. We witnessed Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen vie for his second World Brewers Cup title (and third finals appearance). If we gathered the entirety of the Sprudge staff in Budapest to cover the event, we couldn’t count on all attendant fingers and toes the number of truly memorable moments that transpired here on Day Two.
But we’re going to try nonetheless. Here is a glimpse at some of our favorite moments from Day Two of competition at the 2017 World of Coffee Championships and a list of finalists going on to compete tomorrow.
Here are the finalists for the 2017 World Brewers Cup
Constantin Hoppenz, Bonanza Coffee, Germany
Sam Corra, Ona Coffee, Australia
Petra Strelecka, Industra Coffee, Czech Republic
Chad Wang, Jascaffe China, Taiwan
Stathis Koremtas, Taf Coffee, Greece
Michael Manhart, Austria
Coffee In Good Spirits
Here are the finalists for the 2017 Coffee in Good Spirits Championship
Natasha Shariff, Bettr Barista Coffee Academy, Singapore
Yukari Suzuki, Umlimited Inc., Japan
Martin Hudák, American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, Slovakia
Natalia Obruch, Coffee Owl Roasters, Russia
Manos Mamakis, The Underdog, Greece
Mateusz Szuchnik, El Koktel/Kofi Brand, Poland
Here are the finalists for the 2017 World Latte Art Championship
Tse Kwun Kit, Accro Coffee, Hong Kong
Arnon Thitiprasert, Ristr8o, Thailand
Matteo Beluffi, Italy
Jervis Tan, Kinsmen Coffee, Singapore
Michalis Karagiannis, Manor House, Greece
Agnieszka Rojewska, Rojes, Poland
Here are you 2017 World Cup Tasters finalists
Lok Chan, Craft Coffee Roaster, Hong Kong
Freda Yuan, Caravan Coffee Roasters, United Kingdom
Satsuki Amano, Mamezo Coffee, Japan
Hsuan Chuang, Bu Cafe, Taiwan
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.