At the 2012 SCAE World of Coffee exhibition in Vienna, Raul Rodas from Guatemala was crowned 2012 World Barista Champion, becoming the second producing nation barista to take home this coveted accolade.
Congratulations also to Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood of the UK for his 6th placing in his first World Barista Championships.
2012 WBC Finalists and Placing
- Raul Rodas – Guatemala
- Fabrizio Sencion Ramirez – Mexico
- Colin Harmon – Ireland
- Miki Suzuki – Japan
- Stefanos Domatiotis – Greece
- Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood – United Kingdom
Incorporating the World Barista Championships, World Brewers Cup Championships, World Cup Tasters Championships, World Cezve/Ibrik Championships and the World Coffee Roasters Challenge, the SCAE World of Coffee exhibition took place over 4 days in Vienna – 12-15 June.
A huge thankyou should go to the SCAE Events team, WBC organisers and hoards of amazing volunteers who gave up their time to staff this event, making it the most memorable coffee experience I have had in the past couple of years.
I had the privilege of photographing the majority of WBC competitors and also access to the other World Coffee Events (WCE) competitions events taking place. Images from the SCAE World of Coffee 2012 can be found on my Flickr account and selected images will also be featured in trade publications such as Essential Cafe which will be running a full article in the next issue.
2012 World Brewers Cup Finalists
L to R: (2) Andy Sprenger – USA, (1) Matt Perger – Australia, (3) – Christos Loukakis – Greece, (4) Anthony Benda – Canada, (5) James Bailey – UK, (6) Robert Gruber – Austria
2012 World Cup Tasters Results
- Cory Andreen – Germany
- Tassos Moschopoulos – Greece
- Kim Ossenblok – Spain
Lynsey Harley represented Team UK. Scores of 7 and 8′s were required to make the final in this fantastic competition which was well attended.
2012 World Cezve/Ibrik Results
- Zoltan Kis – Hungary
- Stavros Lamprinidis – Greece
- Havva Kaba – United Kingdom
Representing UK in the Cezve / Ibrik was 2011 winner Havva Kaba, who came 3rd in the competition
We’re immensely proud of Team UK who all put in amazing performances.
Peter Attridge (Latte Art) and Dan Fellows (Coffee in Good Spirits) are still to compete and will be in action in November at the Cafe and Bakery Show in Seoul, Korea.
I hope you’ll join with me in congratulating all of Team UK and in wishing Peter and Dan well for their competitions later in the year.
Photos and article courtesy of Glenn Watson (coffee-photography.com)