Today is the first day of the reign of the new World Champion. Congratulations again to Alejandro, El Salvador, and HasBean who roasted his delicious coffee.
Here is the video of the performance that won it all.
Alejandro did not place first in either the semi finals (4th) or the first round (3rd) of the WBC. It was this performance in the final round that sealed his win.
Well done Alejandro!
His win has us singing this song all day:
The New WBC Champion Alejandro Mendez
Thanks to this photo by Nuova Simonelli, here is the little guy from El Salvador who just won the 2011 World Barista Championships.
Champion: Alejandro Mendez – El Salvador 710.5 pts
2nd Place: Pete Licata, USA 659.5 pts.
3rd Place: Matt Perger, Australia 659 pts.
4th Place: Javier Garcia, Spain 631.5 pts.
5th Place: Miki Suzuki, Japan 629.5 pts.
6th Place, John Gordon, UK 613.5 pts.
You can see the semi finalists presentations on video by going to the link on Live Stream.
Semi Finals Videos of WBC 2011 Bogota
R Miguel has a little song he uses to sort thru Pete Licata’s beans for Semi Finals. Via Sprudge!
Jim Seven and a few others have snapped some nice behind-the-scenes photos of the intensity that is the morning before the WBC semi-finals round.
Pete Licata of USA in Prep Mode
Miki Suzuki looks excited
Lina Zea looks focused
John Gordon by JimSeven
Co-Emcee Raul Rodas looking Nervous
view of WBC stage by JimSeven
The competition schedule for the WBC Semi Finals is ready.
You can see it here:
WBC Semi Finals Schedule for Saturday 4 June
Finalist Announcement Ceremony will begin at 3:00 PM
Out of the 53 national champions from the first round, the following twelve advance to the semi-finals round on Saturday.
Listed in no particular order:
Spain – Javier Garcia
Guatemala – Jose de la Pena
Korea – HyunSun Choi
Costa Rica – Ricardo Azofeifa Mora
UK – John Gordon
Japan – Miki Suzuki
Colombia – Lina Zea
El Salvador – Alejandro Mendez
USA – Pete Licata
Greece – Stefanos Domatiotis
Australia – Matty Perger
Netherlands – Yakup Aydin
The Semi Finals round will begin at 11:15 AM Bogota time, Saturday 4 June.