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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.


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)

Semi Finals Schedule

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

Who Are These Guys? Australia – Denmark

Our research team has been doing recon to compile more details on many of the WBC competitors. Here’s our guide to more info about these champs, including their tweeters, blogs, where they make coffee, interviews & more.

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

AUSTRALIA – Matthew Ian Perger

Matty in New Zealand

tweets: @mattperger


he works at:

Matt’s Barista Report from Coffee Common

video interview:

Matt’s WBC intro video: 

AUSTRIA – Cem Korkmaz

Cem’s WBC intro video features an instrumental version of Annie Are You Ok

BELGIUM – Kathleen Serdons

Read a bit more about her here.

Kathleen’s WBC intro video including a nice farm visit in Brazil, and she shares a Belgian secret to big crema: 

BRAZIL – Felipe Oliveira

Felipe at the Brazil Championship

Felipe makes coffee at: Lucca Cafes Especiais where they have a history of competition wins

News article here.

BULGARIA – Patrik Vilelmsson

He is a barista trainer at Bulgaria Barista Academy

Patrik’s WBC intro video: 

CANADA – Rob Kettner

Coffee Common – Day 1

Rob at Coffee Common/TED2011

tweets: @RobKettner

Rob makes coffee: Fernwood Coffee, Victoria, BC

Rob’s Barista Report from Coffee Common

Rob’s WBC intro video: 


Lina and Miki in Colombia

tweets: @LinaM1990

she makes coffee at Amor Perfecto

DENMARK – AnneStine Bae

tweets: @AnnestineBae

she makes coffee at: The Coffee Collective, Copenhagen

Blog post about her coffee & WBC prep: Cypesel, Finca Vista Hermosa by Coffee Collective

AnneStine’s WBC intro video: 

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: 

Who Competes When?

Here’s a handy competition schedule showing times by competitor converted to some of the major world time zones. You can convert to any time using the + or – to GMT in your zone.

Times for Semi-finals (Sat) & Finals will be posted once the competitors are identified.

WBC Competitor Times by Time Zone

World's Best Barista: Michael Phillips

World’s Best Barista: Michael Phillips Of Chicago’s Intelligentsia.

Although the WBC is over, the press coverage keeps rolling in. Here’s a nice piece from the Huffington Post on Michael.  Seems the HP has become a fan of coffee as of late.