Round One at the 2015 World Cup Tasters Championship is now in the books, with 17 baristas advancing to the Round Two. This post is a visual journey through the first day, with photos by Anna Brones for Sprudge. To learn who advanced to Round Two click here!
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Group A–featuring Brenda Kamara Kemigisha of Uganda, Terukiyo Tahara of Japan, Hyunsuk Ko of Australia, and Piotr Sowa of Poland.
Group B–featuring Krisse McGregor of New Zealand, Tobias Radinger of Austria, Pei-Shao Chang of Taiwan, and Mathias Bühler of Switzerland.
Group C—Zhang Zhebin of China, Alessandro Ghizzardi of Italy, Andrew Tolley of the United Kingdom, and Yeonjung Lee of Korea.
Group D—featuring Mateusz Petlinski of Germany, Marisa Baque Delas of Spain, Zuzana Černa of the Czech Republic, and Terry Tse of Hong Kong.
Group F—featuring Vladimir Nenashev of Russia, Arnas Urbanavičius of Lithuania, Yoeri Joosten of The Netherlands, and Jorge De Leon of Guatemala.
Group E—featuring Markus Vestergaard of Sweden, Juan Gabriel Cespedes of Costa Rica, Johan Dany Monteza Fernandez of Peru, and Jan Richter Lorentzen of Norway.
Group G—featuring Edimilson Generoso of Brazil, James Tooill of the United States of America, Peter Cserko of Slovakia, and Seivijus Matiejunas of Ireland.
Group H—featuring Angelica Maria Arroyave Cordoba of Colombia, Marius Nica of Romania, Christophe Rubino of France, and Otniel Christofer of Indonesia.
Group I—featuring Bart Van Sanden of Belgium, Zafiris Mavros of Greece, Panu Reinikainen of Finland, and Donovan McLagan of South Africa.