Colombian Diego Campos wins Barista & Farmer

For the first time in the talent show’s history, a participant from the host country has one the fourth edition of Barista & Farmer.

Diego Campos, 2014 and 2016 Colombian Barista Champion, was crowned the winner after 10 days in Huila, Colombia, living the daily life of a Colombian coffee farmer. Read more

Wilford Lamastus of Elida Estate wins both Geisha categories in 2018 Best of Panama 

Wilford Lamastus of Elida Estate has done what no other producer has achieved in the 22 years of the Best of Panama, winning both the Washed and Natural Geisha categories in the 2018 competition.

In 2016, Wilford broke the Best of Panama record in the Geisha Washed category, and in this year’s event, he broke his own record.

Wilford submitted four Geisha variety coffees and placed first in the Washed Geisha category with 94.66 points for a Elida Geisha Washed (EGW), first in the Geisha Natural category with 93.34 points, and 12th with his El Burro Geisha Washed on 90.87 in the Geisha Washed category. Read more

Coffee Masters New York City applications now open

If you think you have what it takes to become a Coffee Master, then apply for the 2018 edition of Coffee Masters NYC.

The competition will return to The New York Coffee Festival from 12 – 14 October at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

For the chance to compete and represent your country on the world stage, interested participants must apply to compete, create a coffee-based Signature Drink inspired by New York City and showcase it in a one-to-two-minute application video. Read more

World Coffee Events makes 2018 competition rule changes

Gender-neutral language and competitor qualification explanations are some of the “minor” rules and regulation changes World Coffee Events (WCE) has released for the 2018 World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters and World Coffee Roasting Championships.

Released on 14 June, WCE says the final changes for this year’s world competitions have been made to “keep them consistent with other competition documents”. Read more

War on Waste season 2 returns

The ABC’s War on Waste will return on Tuesday 24 July to tackle new targets including plastic water bottles, straws, e-waste and furniture waste.

The series will also explore previous topics such as food waste and the recycling crisis.

More than 4.3 million viewers watched the original series in 2017, which sparked one of the ABC’s most successful social media campaigns with a video on dumping edible bananas reaching 20 million views. Read more

Veneziano Coffee’s Craig Simon set for third attempt at WBC

Craig Simon of Veneziano Coffee is ready to make his third attempt at the World Barista Championships (WBC) in Amsterdam from 20 to 23 June.

Craig won the Australian Barista Championship in 2012 and 2014, and placed a career high of fourth in the 2014 WBC.

After winning the Australian Barista Championship at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) in March after a four-year hiatus, Craig will compete against 60 national barista representatives, using a connection of wine and the sommelier profession to impress the judges.

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Stage is set for World of Coffee Amsterdam

Amsterdam is set to host World of Coffee from 21 to 23 June.

Each year, World of Coffee draws a loyal audience from the global specialty coffee community, more than 80 per cent of whom return year-on-year.

The event, run by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), has more than doubled in size and stature over the past five years, growing from 3000 visitors and 45 exhibitors to 6800 visitors and 240 exhibitors. Read more

Finca Don Cayito wins Cup of Excellence Costa Rica

Luis Ricardo Calderon Madrigal entered one sample in the 2018 Cup of Excellence (COE) Costa Rica and has placed first with 91.29-points for a Honey processed Gesha from Finca Don Cayito.

During the awards ceremony, Luis was filled with appreciation thanking his family and the close community around him.  Read more

Saša Šestić announces sequel to The Coffee Man

Ona Coffee Founder and 2015 World Barista Champion Saša Šestić has announced a sequel to his award-winning documentary film The Coffee Man.

The Coffee Man film, which first screened in 2016 and won Best Australian Documentary at the 2016 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, followed Saša on his journey to winning the World Barista Championship in 2015. To date, The Coffee Man has screened in over 200 venues in more than 40 countries, and has been translated in 11 languages. Read more