World Coffee 2015 World Barista Champion


Congratulations to the big winners in this years coffee barista championship at 2015 SCAA Event in Seattle.

The Speciality Coffee Association of America's annual coffee event, is a big one and held in the mecca of all coffee cities, Seattle Washington.

Top 5 Winners:

Champion: Sasa Sestic, Ona Coffee, Australia
2nd: Charles Babinski, Go Get'Em Tiger, USA
3rd: Ben Put, Monogram Coffee, Canada
4th: Chan Kwun Ho, The Cupping Room, Hong-Kong
5th: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Colonna & Smalls, United Kingdom

I've had the chance to try Monogram Coffee, and it was truly terrific. I'm looking forward to trying Ona Coffee, as we just ordered a few of their roasts after the event. 

For anyone wondering what a barista championship actually is, in a nutshell a competition of the worlds best baristas marked not only presentation and aesthetics, but taste as well. 

Barista Championship Guidelines

  • Brew 12 coffee drinks in 15 mins
  • Make 4 espresso drinks
  • Make 4 cappuccino drinks
  • Make 4 signature coffee based drinks (alcohol is not allowed)

They are graded and judged by four judges to determine and crown the best barista for 2015.

Past Winners*

  • 2014 Hidenori Izaki, Japan
  • 2013 Pete Licata, United States
  • 2012 Raúl Rodas, Guatemala
  • 2011 Alejandro Mendez, El Salvador
  • 2010 Michael Phillips, United States
  • 2009 Gwilym Davies, United Kingdom
  • 2008 Stephen Morrissey, Ireland
  • 2007 James Hoffmann, United Kingdom
  • 2006 Klaus Thomsen, Denmark
  • 2005 Trouls Overdahl Poulsen, Denmark
  • 2004 Tim Wendelboe, Norway
  • 2003 Paul Bassett, Australia
  • 2002 Fritz Storm, Denmark
  • 2001 Martin Hildebrandt, Denmark
  • 2000 Robert Thoresen, Norway

Looking at the previous winners, it really goes to show you that coffee aficionados are truly global and that coffee is loved world wide.

 *sourced from wikipedia