Are you ready to rumble? 20 competitors from around the world have just been announced for the 2017 Coffee Masters tournament at London Coffee Festival, April 6th-9th. Tickets are on sale now and include access to the tournament, plus tasting experiences, workshops, rocking pop-up cafes, heaps of top exhibitors, cocktails a-plenty, art, a daily pop-up restaurant, roasting demos, an “immersive coffee journey” from UCC, La Marzocco's buzzy True Artisan Cafe, really good food for a coffee festival, and the sights and sounds of swinging London over four glorious, likely drizzly days in April.
But for now, let’s meet the 20 competitors set to do battle at this year's event, along with the entry videos that earned them each of them their coveted roster spot.
Rie Hanao Sweden Koppi
Jimmy Dimitrov England Clifton Coffee
Vincenzo Bellone Ireland Warren Allen Coffee
Wissem Ben Rahim Germany Ben Rahim Coffee
Franciska Apró Hungary Espresso Embassy
James Wise England Treves & Hyde
Jaya Chingen England Climpson & Sons
Nikolas Georgiou England Slow Brew Club
Ewelina Kania England Prufrock Coffee
Nick Maybe England Assembly Coffee
Sam Reed England Stir Coffee
James ‘Westy' West England Union Hand-Roasted Coffee
Ryan Garrick Scotland Avenue Coffee Roasting Co.
Zdenek Hybl Czech Republic Onesip
Diana Johnston Ledezma England Taylor St Baristas
Brittany Gunther England Alchemy Coffee
Phil Groves England Timberyard
Remy Molina Costa Rica Cafe Barakah