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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.


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: 

A New Champion

2010 World Barista Champion:

Mike Phillips, United States

2nd Raul Rodas, Guatemala

3rd Scott Callaghan, Australia

WBC Finalists 2010

Greece, Guatemala, USA, Australia, Ireland, Denmark.

Photo of the Semi-Finalists


Søren Stiller Markussen – Denmark

Raul Rodas – Guatemala

Fabrizio Sencion – Mexico

Kyle Straw – Canada

Ana Lucia Lardizabal De Hawit – Honduras

Mike Phillips – USA

Scottie Callaghan – Australia

Yara Castanho – Brazil

Thomas Schweiger – Germany

Colin Harmon – Ireland

Alejandro Mendez – El Salvador

Stefanos Domatiotis – Greece

Where are they now: Paul Bassett (2003)

Name: Paul Bassett

Age: 32

Championship year: 2003, Boston, USA.

After the Win: The first of the real rOcKsTaR WBC Champions, Paul Bassett has arguably benefited most lucratively from his WBC win. A television show called Living Coffee was commissioned, endorsements from BMW and Sunbeam and number of retail stores in Japan and South Korea. Back in Australia, he also has his own brand of Paul Bassett Championship Espresso.

Photo Credit: Mark Prince (Coffeegeek)