World Barista Championship

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Barista Gwilym Davies at the World Barista Championship

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is a worldwide barista competition,[1][2][3] with the winners of each national barista championship or an otherwise appointed competitor competing for the world title. In 2018 it will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Competition format[edit]

Competitors prepare and serve 2 coffee beverages in 15 mins - four espresso, four cappuccino, and four signature drinks (no alcohol allowed) for four sensory judges. There are two rounds of judging, the first a preliminary round and the second a finals round, featuring the top six competitors.


The Tokyo 2007 WBC was the first to be held outside Europe or the U.S., and marked a growing trend for increased coffee consumption in Asia.

The barista competition format was created in Norway,[4] and the WBC was dominated in its early years by Scandinavian baristas.[5]


It is owned and organized jointly by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).

Past winners[edit]

  • 2017 (Seoul, South Korea) Dale Harris, United Kingdom
  • 2016 (Dublin, Ireland) Berg Wu, Taiwan (Score: 583.0 out of 719)
  • 2015 (Seattle, USA) Sasa Sestic, Australia (Score: 618 out of 814)
  • 2014 (Rimini, Italy) Hidenori Izaki, Japan
  • 2013 (Melbourne, Australia) Pete Licata, United States
  • 2012 (Guatemala City, Guatemala) Raúl Rodas, Guatemala
  • 2011 (Bogota, Colombia) Alejandro Mendez, El Salvador
  • 2010 (London, England) Michael Phillips, United States
  • 2009 (Atlanta, United States) Gwilym Davies, United Kingdom
  • 2008 (Copenhagen, Denmark) Stephen Morrissey, Ireland
  • 2007 (Tokyo, Japan) James Hoffmann, United Kingdom
  • 2006 (Bern, Switzerland) Klaus Thomsen, Denmark
  • 2005 (Seattle, United States) Trouls Overdahl Poulsen, Denmark
  • 2004 (Trieste, Italy) Tim Wendelboe, Norway
  • 2003 (Boston, United States) Paul Bassett, Australia
  • 2002 (Oslo, Norway) Fritz Storm, Denmark
  • 2001 (Miami, United States) Martin Hildebrandt, Denmark
  • 2000 (Monte Carlo, Monaco) Robert Thoresen, Norway


  1. ^ Bonné, Jon (April 19, 2005) Espress yourself. "" Retrieved on 2006-oct-25
  2. ^ Phadnis, Chitra (February 7, 2003) Robust competition for barista championship. "The Hindu Business Line" Retrieved on 2006-oct-25
  3. ^ Murphy, Melinda (May 8, 2003) The Best Brew In The World. "CBS News" Retrieved on 2006-oct-25
  4. ^ Wendelboe, Tim (May 1, 2005) The Future of the World Barista Championship. "" Retrieved on 2006-oct-25
  5. ^ WBC WBC History: Previous Years. Retrieved on 2006-oct-25

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