World Coffee 2015 World Barista Champion

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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