Alexei Kugayenko Wins The 2015 Russian Barista Championship

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Coffee is big, big, big in Russia. In this, one of the world's largest countries, the massive turnout of coffee pros who gathered for the Russian Barista Championship held in Moscow tells its own story. Over the course of the three-day event held late last month, the best baristas Russia has to offer competed in a series of World Coffee … [Read more...]

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood Wins The 2015 United Kingdom Barista Championship


Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, co-owner of Colonna and Small's and Colonna and Hunter in Bath, has won the 2015 United Kingdom Barista Championship. Held over the past two days at the ScotHot Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland, the 2015 UKBC nationals featured the top 20 competing baristas from across the United Kingdom, each of whom qualified for the … [Read more...]

Charles Babinski Wins The 2015 US Barista Championship

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Charles Babinski, co-owner of G&B Coffee and Go Get Em Tiger in Los Angeles, has won the 2015 United States Barista Championship. Held over the past three days in the Long Beach, California, the 2015 USBC whittled down 36 of the very best baristas in the United States first to 18, then six, and finally, one. This is Charles Babinski's first … [Read more...]

K-Cups, Kombucha & More At The Canadian Barista Championships


The 2015 Canadian National Barista Championships took place last weekend, and Sprudge contributor Elyse Bouvier was on the scene. She captured Ben Put's winning routine in-depth, and now she's back with six of her favorite highlights of the event. 1. This coffee kombucha sig drink CJ Yang of 49th Parallel in Vancouver made her own coffee … [Read more...]

BREAKING: 2015 Big Western Barista Competition Dates & Location Announced


Dates and location information for the 2015 Big Western Regional Barista Competition have been officially confirmed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, in a series of updates made to web pages in the last 24 hours. The event will take place in Rancho Mirage, CA at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort October 7th … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Barista Champion Camila Ramos of Panther Coffee

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A fan favorite and nationally renowned competitor, Camila Ramos has watched her career as a coffee professional blossom alongside success at the United States Barista Championship. 2014 marked her first regional win, which Ramos then parlayed into her first-ever USBC finals appearance. Assistant Editor Alex Bernson sat down with Ms. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Parent’s Guide To Barista Competitions

Since its original run date on March 6th, 2012, our "Parent's Guide" feature has been shared and reshared hundreds of times by competitors all around the world. We're rebroadcasting it today, on the eve of the 2014 United States Barista Champion beginning its regional cycle. For more information on this weekend's Big Central Regional event, please … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading: Colonna And Small’s On Competition


Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood stole our hearts with his 6th place finish at the 2012 World Barista Championship in Vienna. We'd never heard of the gent before that weekend in Vienna, but we wound up learning all there was to know about Mr. Colonna-Dashwood and his Bath, UK based cafe, Colonna and Small's. C&S has a well-written blog, and we're … [Read more...]