It's nearly here. Can you feel it? Competition season is stirring, and with it more details are emerging for the year's major events. Today brings with it an exciting announcement from the Coffee Masters tournament at London Coffee Festival, a grand reveal of precisely whom will be competing in this year's event happening April 7th-10th in Shoreditch, London. Tickets are on sale now and moving fast, including VIP tickets for a special service from the coffee & food wizards at Scandinavian Embassy, our 2015 Sprudgie Award winner for Best New Cafe.
Coffee Masters this year amounts to a murderers' row of international entrants—a truly global, no, mega-global cadre of competitive coffee talent to rival any field of any coffee tournament in the world. To fit the field, the Coffee Masters stage is all new and improved, as you can see in the sneak peek images below courtesy of Allegra Events—check out that tiered stadium seating and sleek modern competition floor.
Let's meet the competitors at this year's event, and even better, gaze upon the entry videos that earned them a roster spot and the chance to compete for both treasure and glory.
Patrik Rolf Karlsson, Sweden, representing Five Elephant Coffee
Nick Mabey, New Zealand, representing Assembly Coffee [UK]
Sonali Tailor, United Kingdom, Has Bean
Simone Koenig, Germany, representing Good Spirits
James Wise, United Kingdom, representing China Plate Espresso
Ben Morrow, Australia, representing St. Ali Family
Esther Maasdam, The Netherlands, independent
Cosmin Mihailov, Romania, representing Bloom Specialty Coffee
Manuel Borsato, Italy, representing Climpson & Sons
Yuko Inoue, Japan, representing Timberyard
Matuesz Gaca, Poland, representing Brisman Kawowy Bar
June Thornton, United States of America, representing Doc.U.Ment Coffee Bar
Tim Tate, United States of America, representing Southside Coffee
Kristian Aleksiev, Belgium, representing Viva Sara
William Pitts, United Kingdom, representing Origin Coffee
Sprudge is a proud media partner of the Coffee Masters tournament, and will be bringing you coverage at the event live from London. Event sponsors include Caravan Coffee Roasters, Acme & Co., Faema, Brita, Alpro, Bonavita, and Mahlkonig.