2012 World Barista Championship Day One Recap

Recapping Day 1 of the 2012 World Barista Championship, reporting live from Vienna, Austria. Our coverage is powered all week by direct and gracious support from Nuova Simonelli. Follow Sprudge on Twitter for up-to-the-second updates as they happen at #wbc2012. All times CEST.

1. Aymon McQuade, Bell Tea & Coffee, New Zealand @coffee_loco

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8:23 mr. mcquade uses two coffees from el salvador, one a traditional washed, one a natural pacamara from finca shekinah

8:26 mr. mcquade’s signature drink is a take on summer berry pudding – “something my mum used to make for me as a kid”

8:29 strawberries, blueberries, limes, buttery shortbread, water and sugar – espresso – “very superstitious” on the stereo

2. 유연주 (Youn Joo Yu), Coffee LEC, Korea @CoffeeLEC @BaristaRyu

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8:41 youn joo yu’s shop Coffee LEC (Limited Edition Coffee) is located in the Garosugil strip in Sinsadong, Seoul

8:47 @baristaryu dressed sharp – long black gloves, dark blue vest, light blue collared shirt, copper tie, jeans, bright red sneakers

8:53 espresso course from @baristaryu involves sensory deprivation goggles – judges asked to give up sense of sight on stage

3. Wissanupong Liwprakon, Black Canyon (Thailand) Co., Ltd, Thailand @blackcanyonthai

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9:13 mr. liwprakon’s signature drink incorporates several thai ingredients, including coconut and local sugar

9:17 mr. liwprakon calls time at 14:45 – and now @flyingthud asks post-routine questions via translator. you gotta love the wbc.

4. Olga Melik-Karakozova, Koffein, Russia @koffein_ru

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9:25 olga’s routine is based on expressing, and reproducing, the experience of smelling a coffee flower at the farm

9:29 olga’s coffee is from a technoserv cooperative washing station in western ethiopia – “shegole” – previously offered by @intelligentsia

9:34 so much disco in this routine. thank god.

9:37 Olga’s sig drink – grape peel & grape juice infused cascara, meant to taste like a fresh cherry. cascara made from colombia caturra

5.  Coman Cristian, Barista School – Cafepedia, Romania @cafenea

9:45 mr. cristian’s coffee is nicaragua limoncillo pacamara – “i blind cupped so many coffees, but this was my favorite”

9:48 there’s a loud romanian contingent here forcoman cristian’s routine- sponsored by tullamore dew whiskey, among others

6. Merlin Jeba Raj, Café Coffee Day, India @cafecoffeeday

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10:02 up next, our favorite name at the #wbc2012 – barista champion of India, Merlin Raj! also @noahcafeimports is bringing us lunch

10:16 mr. raj cites sunalini menon, the matriarch of indian specialty coffee, as a major influence - learn more

7. Rhoda Kamau, Nairobi Serena Hotel, Kenya

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10:28 up now, barista champion of kenya, rhoda kamau, working out of the nairobi serena hotel

10:30 ms. kamau’s hotel looks really nice – check it out and learn more

10:35 QOTD at #wbc2012, courtesy of Rhoda Kamau – “judges, i’m going to make your espresso. please enjoy the music of the black eyed peas.”

8. Hong Jie, Jess (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd, China

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10:56 40% of mr. jie’s coffee was sourced in china – “dried plum, lemon, balance”

10:57 the other 60% is kenyan – a subtly excellent routine from the reigning chinese champ

9. Andrey Veitsman, Aroma Espresso Bar, Israel

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11:01 Aroma Espresso Bar is a pretty darn large Israeli coffee company – more than 100 locations – learn more

11:03 mr. veitsman is actually roasting coffee on stage! or attempting to, at least!

11:06 “round body, acidity and sweetness” in his capps

10. Mindaugas Ryškus, King Coffee Service, Lithuania @KaraliskaKafija

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11:27 king coffee service is located in vilnius, lithuania - learn more via facebook

11:28 mr. ryškus competes using a washed ethiopian coffee, roasted by him personally – “just before second crack”

11:32 lemon freshness & acidity, sweetness, and bitter grapefruit on the tip of your tongue” mr. ryškus on his espresso

11:39 there’s a bubblin’ brew on stage for mr. ryškus sig drink – first dry ice sighting at #wbc2012

11. Elisa Molle, Independent, Italy @elisathetiger

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11:54 pretty much a whole side of the gallery is filled up with loud, excitable italians

11:58 the vibe of @elisethetiger is very grown-up and professional, even-keeled, no nonsense – she’s got a woodneck on stage for her sig

12:01 beautiful tiled brandy snifters for these drinks -sweet herbal infusion, brewed via woodneck, paried with “light and dark” espresso

12. 11:44AM Per NordellÅre Kafferoster, Sweden

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12:06 Mr. Nordell owns a small roastery in the ski mountains of Sweden – opens his routine to Talking Heads “Naive Melody”

12:08 per’s coffee comes from antigua in guatemala – bourbon and typica grown at 1800 meters

12:10 a spicy, sweet malt mixture – “licorice” – paired with espresso for his signature drink

13. Schedule Change

14. Finnbogi Fannar Kjeld, Kaffitár, Iceland @Kaffitar @finnbogifannar

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1:01 he’s the picture of focus on stage, that @finnbogifannar – capp notes of “blackberry juiciness, melted chocolate milk”

1:02 mr. kjeld competes using kenyan coffee sl-28 and sl-34 – hands out cards as a visual aid – grown 1800-1900 meters, washed and sun dried

1:05 “i realized that being a barista is so much more than a job, and this is the coffee that helped me along that way”

1:10 sig drink: “as much vinegar as i could get away with”, lemon peel, beet root, espresso- “it reminds me of campari”

15. Matija Hrkac, Good Food, Croatia @kavica_org

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1:14 “i will share with you 2 coffees and 3 stories” – @kavica_org #wbc2012 – as per his soundtrack’s use of the “Drive” soundtrack, he’s a real hero, and a real human being

1:25 sig drink meant to bring out “the beautiful red fruit i love in my espresso” – “like cold grape juice, refreshing!”

1:27 there’s an infectious enthusiasm to mr. hrkac’s performance – all hand gestures & exclamations – genuine fun to watch

16. Torfi Þór Torfason, The Coffee Collective, Denmark @coffeecollectif

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1:31 up next, we’re seated in the heart of the danish cheering section for Torfi Þór Torfason, representing @coffeecollectif

1:34 mr. torfason competes kenya nyeri kieni – hand-picked, dried on raising beds – “refreshing, berry-like acidity”

1:37 torfi’s a barista, chef, and roaster. one of many baristas competing in #wbc2012 w/ coffee they roasted personally

1:44 torfi’s sig drink: black currant gelee, milk gelee, honey milk caramel, currant and blackberry powder, milk foam

1:45 a kind of reconstructed deconstructed molecular spectacular from torfi and @coffeecollectif – sig drink of the day so far at #wbc2012

17. Ludovic Loizon, Barista Bartender Solutions, France

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1:56 learn more about mr. luoizon’s company, Barista Bartender Solutions – http://www.bb-solutions.fr/ website is in french, looks very slick

2:07 “thank you for being part of the best coffee experience of my life” – ludovic loizon, the très classy barista champ of france

18. Monika Palova, 3FE (Third Floor Espresso), Solvakia @coffeequirk

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2:11 ms. palova @coffeequirk granted us our all-time favorite sprudge interview last fall in moscow #expletives

2:15 monika talks the judges through expectations for her crema coloration – smart and competitive and points-oriented

2:18 first fleetwood mac audio sighting at #wbc2012 for @coffeequirk capp course – “a beautiful balance between espresso and milk”

19. Adam Neubuauer, Café Lounge, Czech Republic

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2:45 there’s a lot of gelee being made today at #wbc2012 – czech champ adam neubuauer’s sig drink calls for gelee of grapefruit and apricot

2:48 sleek and stylish in all black, czech champ adam neubuauer turns in a solid 15 minute routine at #wbc2012

20. Rafael Godoy, Suplicy Cafés Especiais, Brazil @suplicycafes

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2:57 hunter green tablecloth, grape shasta purple napkins, lavender info cards – striking table set for mr. godoy of @suplicycafes

3:10 baristas from producing countries often choose to exemplify coffees from their homeland – rafael godoy just did Brazil proud

21. Daniel Rivera, Hacienda San Pedro Coffee Shop, Puerto Rico

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3:15 mr. rivera’s shop has a nice website http://www.cafehsp.com “Puerto Rican coffee grown, cultivated and blessed by Puerto Rican hands”

3:26 ginger tea, ginger chocolate & espresso for daniel rivera’s signature drink #wbc2012 using single origin puerto rican coffee

22. Attila Molnar, Doggee, Hungary - @doggeebarista

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3:40 Attila Molnar is a 4-time reigning Hungarian barista champion!

3:48 mr. molnar’s sig dirnk served in what looks like snifters floating in ashtrays

23. Ever Bernal Echavarria, Amor Perfecto Café, Colombia

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3:51 Amor Perfecto in Bogota looks super cool – check out their website  & this nice feature from dcily

4:02 some #wbc2012 competitors memorize their scripts in english, some use translators. mr. bernal is the first translated performance of the day

24. Fabrizio Sención Ramírez, Sublime, Mexico

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4:11 fabrizio’s roaster, Cafe Sublime was featured at our International Delight event in LA at @handsomeroaster

4:15 fabrizio competes using coffee from producer enique lopez – a pulp natural margogype grown in the chiapas region of mexico

4:16 fabrizio has, without a doubt, the very best mustache of #wbc2012 (at least so far…)

4:25 fabrizio’s sig drink includes coffee leaf & chafe infusions – a complex range of flavors, from sweet melon to tobacco to oolong tea

25. Katie Carguilo, Counter Culture Coffee, United States – @counter_culture @katiecarguilo

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4:36 no shaky hands, no stutters, @katiecarguilo is calm & cool – her coffee from finca los alpes grown by @aidabattle roasted by @counter_culture #wbc2012

4:41 keeps a line from usbc – “if espresso is my best friend, cappuccinos are like hanging out with her and her boyfriend”

4:45 @katiecarguilo espresso shots are “plum-like” developing into citric acid sweetness, “sort of like strawberries”

4:46 she cuts open a plum on stage, pulls out seed & shows the mucilage to illustrate why coffee is washed in the first place

4:50 katie calls time at 14:55 – super-tight routine, almost completely different from usbc routine. lots of fun to watch

26. Rasmus Helgebostad, Stockfleths, Norway @recaf

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4:55 mr. helgebostad is a 10-time national competitor, but first-time world competitor – representing http://www.stockfleths.as/ in oslo

4:57 mr. helgebostad competes using a coffee from the huehuetenango region western guatemala #wbc2012 - same lot he used to compete with in 2009

5:09 mr. helgebostad’s sig drink used a @mypressi – first one of #wbc2012 and we didn’t see it used at all in the USA competition cycle

27. Katarzyna Zyzalo, Coffee Proficiency, Poland

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5:16 Poland’s champ represents a company called Coffee Proficiency, a green seller and roaster specializing in Guatemalan coffees

5:18 ms. zyzalo of Poland is serving a Guatemalan Margogype – starts the judges with specially selected polish mineral water

5:33 Katarzyna Zyzalo of Poland – “call me Kesha” – calls time 15 flat, after a lovely, playful routine – a great advocate for polish specialty coffee!

28. 4:29PM Joshua Hockin, Transcend Coffee, Canada @joshhockin @transcendcoffee

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5:36 “today, i want to talk about sugar – not the kind you find on the shelf, the kind that develops in the coffee cherry”

5:40 espresso have bright acidity – “pineapple” – with lower tone notes in the finish – “malt, molasses”

5:41 @joshhockin is one of those “economy of movement” types you’ve heard us rant about before on twitter – physically very deliberate with each movement

5:43 capps “kind of remind me of a chocolate malted milkshake” omg that sounds so good right now