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This is it folks! The 2011 WBC FINAL ROUND. So grab  your brown bags and blunts and ask your mom to convert your time zones, cuz this shit is real and going down on SUNDAY JUNE 5TH 2011.

Click the pic, or right here if you’re slow. If you don’t know, now you know.


Stefanos [Photo]

Stefanos Setting Up (via @klaus_thomsen

(via @1shot4theroad)

More Semi Finals Pics From the Show Floor

Perger in Prep Time (via @em_oak)

(via @em_oak)

Javier Garcia about to kick off (via @em_oak)

Coffee Display (via @jimseven)

Syphon of Mucilage (via @jimseven)

Miki's Signature Drink Card (via @jimseven)

Miki Pouring Capps (via @jimseven)

Who Are These Guys? El Salvador – Norway

Our research team has been compiling more info on many of the WBC competitors.  Here’s our guide to the national champs, including their tweeters, blogs, where they work, interviews & more.

If you have any info on any of the competitors not-yet-listed, use the contact form to send us deets. (blogs, hilarious stories, videos, twitter, and the like)

EL SALVADOR – Alenjandro Mendez

Alejandro returns, having competed in WBC 2010 in London. You may remember his spectacular signature drink that included “honey rain.”

Alenjandro’s WBC intro video: 

FINLAND – Lauri Pipinen

Lauri in Finnish final

He has a fantastic blog following his adventures to WBC here: On My Way to Bogota

He tweets here: @Ladaaa

Lauri works here at Kaffa Roastery in Helsinki

Some nice slideshow of the Finland finals here:

FRANCE – Ludovic Loizon

Ludovic of France

He works with Barista Bartender Solutions (BBS)

We also hear that Ludovic has some badass flair skills: 

GERMANY – Wolfram Sorg

he started a roasterie: Backyard Coffee

He tweets here: @wolfredo

And he has a very nice blog here:

GREECE – Stefanos Domitotis

Here’s a familiar face. Stefanos has been in the only returning competitor from the Finals of WBC 2010 – 6th Place. He also competed in WBC 2004, 2005, 2006

tweets: @Stefanosook


he makes coffee at: TAF Coffee, Athens

Great interview from Bean Scene mag (Australia) 

his WBC intro video: 

HUNGARY – Sandor Toth

Here’s Sandor teaching morning chat people about coffee: 

Sandor’s WBC intro video: 

IRELAND – Vicky Fitz-Henry

Vicky by CoffeeAngel

Here’s a video of her IBC presentation: 

She works at Butler’s Chocolate Cafe (the guy’s voice in the video will make you want some BTW)

ITALY – Francesco Sanapo


Competed in WBC 2010 London

He makes coffee at Caffe Corsini

He has a nice blog here:

Francesco’s WBC intro video: 

JAPAN – Miki Suzuki

she makes coffee @

Miki’s WBC intro video [Warning: Cute Overload]: 


Yakup wins in 2010

He works at Espresso Services West

Yakup’s WBC intro video: 

.  What a cutie!


NZ Champ Hide

he works at Crafted Coffee Co.

Interview with Hide from NZ television here.

NORWAY – Håkon Kinn

Håkon Winz by TVarney

tweets: @HakonKinn

Håkon has one of the best WBC personal blogs going:

Don’t miss this video that his been blowing up on Twitter and has a Passions cameo: 

Help Lighten Our Load

We need your help! All this coffee is very hard to carry with our tiny little hands, especially at this altitude! If you have information that you think we should post about, let us know here. We love videos and photos of barista competitors playing with their toys.





2011 WBC Trophies! [First Look]

Reg Barber has posted a couple of photos of the WBC 2011 trophies on his Flickr page. We’re excited to hear what happens when the Champion tries to explain that metal tree to airport security. There’s also some custom tampers, natch. Check them out!

Ultimate Barista Showdown Videos by @hasbean [WTF?]

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