The World Barista Championship 2016 will be in Dublin, Ireland, from June 23 to 25. The list of national champions competing for the sceptre of the world’s best barista is still emerging, but the professional industry is already abuzz with the event. Awaiting the competitors in Dublin will be Victoria Arduino. Like last year in Seattle, Victoria Arduino is the WBC technical partner and official supplier of the competition machine, the VA388 Black Eagle, that is generating so much enthusiasm among major coffee professionals.
Dublin will be the ninth time for a WBC final in Europe, since the first edition took place in Monte Carlo in 2000, where Norwegian Robert Thoresen was crowned world champion. Until now nine European baristas have won a world championship. A coincidence of numbers, even though the world title has not been won by a European barista for seven years now. The last was Gwilm Davies from Britain who won the WBC in Atlanta in 2009 (US). Since then winners have been baristas from the Americas (four times), Michael Phillips, Alejandro Mendez, Raul Rodas and Pete Licata, an Asian, Hidnori Izaki from Japan, and an Australian, the reigning Sasa Sestic. All of them have won the title using coffee machines with the best Italian technology, of which Victoria Arduino is an undisputed example.