In the past, many predictions have been proved wrong by the results and the outcome of the 2016 World Barista Championship in Dublin (23-25 June) is very uncertain. The professionalism of the national champion baristas grows continually and often it is outsiders that get on the highest step of the podium. In Dublin, where 61 competitors are coming from around the world, the question is only if the title this year will return to Europe from where it has been missing since 2009.
Europe is the most represented continent with 27 champions in the race. Victoria Arduino, technical partner of the 2016 WBC and provider of the official competition coffee machine, the VA388 Black Eagle, has already previewed the champions of Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and Lithuania. Below the list is complete with presentation of the European competitors with the names of champions form Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.
Barista: LISE MARIE RØMO
Company: JAVA ESPRESSOBAR
Presentation: I’m 26 years old, and have been in the industry for 7 years! I’ve been an active competitor for a mere 6 years, and reached the national finals 3 times. Four years ago I started working for Java espressobar, which has been an incredible voyage with incredible people! This is my first time in the world barista championship, and I sure look forward to it!
Barista: AGNIESZKA ROJEWSKA
Company: BRISMAN KAWOWY BAR
Presentation: I work in coffee for 8 years. started to compete almost imediatly. I co-own a coffee shop in Poznan, Poland called Brisman Kawowy Bar. beside coffee I like football and I’m doing my PhD degree at Univeristy of Economics in Poznan – and yes, I my thesis is about coffee.
Barista: DAVID COELHO BARISTA
Company: D•ORIGEN COFFEE ROASTERS
Presentation: Basically a great coffee lover! I am a Barista that breathe coffee and my main goal is to bring to my country , Portugal , the greatest possible knowledge and experience on the specialty coffee , my passion! Its all about coffee and the great world that he can offer to you!
Barista: ANCA ARHIP
Company: ORIGO COFFEE SHOP
Presentation: I’ve bumped into specialty coffee two years ago and since then it became my passion. I’ve learned about it step by step, mostly by surrounding myself with people who share the same passion. After a while, I discovered how much I enjoy to give further my knowledge and I try to do it day by day.
Barista: SERGEY MITROFANOV
Company: DOUBLEB COFFEE & TEA
Presentation: I’m working head barista in one of larges coffee chains of Russia – DoubleB, specilised on speciality coffee. I began my coffee way in 2007 and till this moment I participate in barista championships. I’m waiting for new meetings, new ideas and great inpiration from WBC. See you in Dublin.
Barista: NENAD STOJANOVIC
Presentation: My name is Nenad Stojanovic. Currently I work as Head Barista for Pržionica D59B in Belgrade, Serbia. I started my career in coffee industry back in 2008 and have been ever since constantly enthralled by all aspects of coffee. Participation at WBC 2010 in London has been an eye opening experience for me as for the first time I have really experienced coffee as a culinary product and thus have witnessed endless possibilities with sourcing, roasting, brewing and serving of specialty coffees. Nowadays, I am very passionate about my job and particularly enjoy teaching and training. I personally relish the opportunity to represent my country once again and share my passion for this craft. IIn future I see myself still working in coffee, having my own shop, standing and facing my customers but also probably taking part in other coffee related projects. I am just lucky and glad to be part of this amazing world coffee family.
Barista: MARTIN KARABINOS
Company: LEROY BAR
Presentation: Coffee enthusiast from Slovakia
Barista: PABLO CABALLERO
Company: HOLA COFFEE&COFFEE COOKING STUDIO
Presentation: I started making coffee four years ago in the first specialty cafe in Madrid, Toma Café, and I soon was hooked to it. Two years after that I was asked to take a commercial coffee company (Mokka) to the specialty busissnes, being their roaster and trainer. I kept learning and I become an Authorised SCAE Trainer. Now I also run a website with advanced info for baristas in Spanish > www.hola.coffee < and I am starting some projects as a coffee consultant. I also love dogs, specially Dori, and craft beer :D
Barista: STEVE MOLONEY
Company: LOVE COFFEE ROASTERS
Presentation: I was born in Australia, but have spent most of my coffee career in the cold of Sweden. I work for Love Coffee Roasters in Lund, and love getting the opportunity to get more and more involved in different stages of the coffee production cycle. Last year I started The Barista League in order to give Baristas who might usually be stuck behind the machine a chance to do something fun and exciting in the coffee community without paying a fortune or training for months. We run events around the Nordic region for Baristas, skilled and new alike (www.thebaristaleague.com).
Barista: MATHIEU THEIS
Presentation: I am 35 years old and passionate about coffee since 5 years. I love every aspects of it from tastes and flavors to technical parts and meet other coffee passionate. I am independent Barista competing since 4 years. I so love it that I have competed in almost every category from cup tasting to latte art to Barista. I was not very successful in any of these categories except Barista which I won this year in Switzerland. I am looking forward meeting all other competitors and coffee lovers in Dublin.
Country: THE NETHERLANDS
Barista: LEX WENNEKER
Company: ESPRESSO SERVICE WEST
Presentation: My name is Lex 30 years old. I’ve been a barista for about 8 years. I started working in coffee as a barista. after that I was the owner of a coffee-truck, an espressobar and a roastery, all based in Amsterdam. Last year, I sold everything and I’m now working as a barista-trainer for Espresso Service West in The Netherlands. I’m taking a year off from the craziness of starting companies, but I’ll be back with new idea’s and they will always be coffee-focused.
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Barista: DAN FELLOWS
Company: ORIGIN COFFEE
Presentation: Dan Fellows Head of Wholesale – Origin Coffee Based in London, UK
Barista: NATALIA OSTAPYUK
Company: SVIT KAVY
Presentation: This is my third time at WBC! But feel like first time. I working with coffee 7 years. 6 as barista and 1 I start working with green bean and roasting. Coffee is my work that i love!