WBC 2010 - London

The OTHER Unofficial 2010 World Barista Championship Blog

Competing - through the eyes of a roaster

June 29, 2010, 10:49pm


Photos from WBC 2010

June 27, 2010, 6:26pm

World Ibrik Championships


I had the pleasure to witness the hareem that was the Ibrik/Cezve competition today. Amongst the belly dancing and genie in a bottle the lovely Aysin Aydogdu from our very own UK brought home the first silverware of the week. 

The competition seemed to draw in a really good crowd all day which I’m sure was down to the lovely smelling coffee as well as the music and dancing. 

For the full results please see the SCAE website at http://www.scae-championships.com/blog/2010/06/wcic-2010-results/

(Lots of pretty pictures to follow.)

June 24, 2010, 11:42pm

Coffee in Good Spirits 2010 Winner is crowned;


A Huge congratulations to Boryana Kotorava (Presumably), or at the very least the Belgian barista who won the Coffee in Good Spirits competition with his flamboyant and enjoyable performance.

Also a big congratulations goes the UK Good Spirits barista, Ed Buston who performed an equally enjoyable performance and scored an incredibly close 2nd.

June 24, 2010, 11:33pm

Semi Finalists


Congratulations to all competitors but the semi finals for tomorrow and running order will be as follows; 

8:30am – 12:00pm Semi-Finals Round (Semi-Finalists 1-12, in scheduled order)

Soren Stiller Markussen, DENMARK
Fabrizio Sencion, MEXICO
Kyle Straw, CANADA
Ana Lucia Hawit, HONDURAS
Michael Phillips, USA
Scottie Callaghan, AUSTRALIA
Yara Castanho, BRAZIL
Thomas Schweiger, GERMANY
Colin Harmon, IRELAND
Alejandro Mendez, EL SALVADOR
Stefanos Domatiotis, GREECE

June 24, 2010, 11:04pm



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June 24, 2010, 12:25pm



Bingo is a rollover today. Please see yesterdays post for your bingo card and rules. 

(Hint: If even one of you emails us making it all up youll probably win.)

June 24, 2010, 8:00am


….Part 2. Personally I’m hoping the cartoon network pick this one up, we shall see. 

June 24, 2010, 7:44am


Err, not quite sure what to say about this really…enjoy?

Tags: WTF

June 24, 2010, 7:43am


World Barista Championship 2010 Pictures

Straight into Alex’s Flickr set for the WBC2010.  Titles, descriptions and the like will be up later

June 24, 2010, 7:37am


John Gordon produces his sig drink

John Gordon produces his sig drink

June 23, 2010, 12:18pm


And so it begins

And so it begins

June 23, 2010, 9:20am

WBC Bingo!


What better way to keep you lot entertained during the WBC than that old British stalwart of Bingo. So we introduce to you a little light hearted fun for you to play along with during the streaming or in person if you are lucky enough to be in London today. 

The rules are very simple; 

  1. Watch the main WBC competition today (Wednesday 24th) either in person or on the Live Stream.
  2. Mark off the following phrases, ingredients, people, items as and when you see them, taking note of the competitor on at the time (or proceeding if between).
  3. If or when they all turn up send us and email at our contact address above. 
  4. First one in the inbox wins (we are open to bribes of an alcoholic nature).
  5. Oh you want a prize? Our love and a bag of Mr Hasbean’s finest coffee will have to do. 

And now for today’s Bingo card;

  • "It’s my pleasure to serve you"
  • "Give it up for the sponsors"
  • Chocolate (descriptor or ingredient)
  • "Good morning/afternoon judges. Today I am going to serve you 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 signature drinks" 
  • A WBC champ MCing
  • A Pulped Natural
  • A WBC beard
  • "The coffee you want, not the coffee you need"
  • A plaid shirt
  • Nutmeg

Good luck all and eyes down. 

    June 23, 2010, 9:08am


    Less than 24 hours to go now!

    Less than 24 hours to go now!

    June 22, 2010, 4:18pm

    7th Annual SCAE World Cup Tasting Championships 2010


    It could be argued that a skill that is required above that of making an exceptional coffee is the ability to taste an exceptional coffee and find the nuances and qualities within the cup.  For that the Speciality Coffee Associations award the accolade through the Cup Tasting Championship.

    In its 7th year, the competition is a judge of the competitors palette.  Providing possibly the most difficult test amongst the various competitions held.

    The competitor must pick, from a selection of 3 coffees, the odd one out. They must do this 8 times in total, the winner is decided by who selects the most correct coffees, if there is a draw in count then whomever completes their 8 selections that fastest is crowned the winner.

    All coffees are roasted, ground and brewed to the same parameters, so the palette of the competitors are pushed to the limit.

    The world cup tasting championship will be held at Caffe Culture on Friday between 9.00am and 3.00pm (9.00-15.00)

    Enjoy the slurping!

    June 22, 2010, 10:51am