The World Coffee Championships are currently taking place in Italy as part of HOST Milan. It’s been a rollicking three days of coffee performances, and from a sum total of 67 competitors, the Final six competitors in both the World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup—each who will take the take one last time to earn the title of Champion in their respective events—have been announced.
These finalists are listed in no particular order.
2021 World Barista Championship Finalists
Diego Campos, Colombia
Wojciech Tysler, Ireland
Hugh Kelly, Australia
Emi Fukahori, Switzerland
Andrea Allen, United States
Martin Shabaya, Kenya
2021 World Brewers Cup Finalists
Daiki Hatakeyama, Japan
Tomas Taussig, Czech Republic
Matt Winton, Switzerland
Elika Liftee, United States
Carlos Escobar, Australia
Ply Pasarj, Canada
There are a lot of amazing storylines going on in this year’s Finals. Will Emi Fukahori be the first person ever to win both the World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup? Will perennial finalist Hugh Kelly finally break through? Will Federico Bolanos put a third notch in his coaching belt with Diego Campos? And is this Martin Shabaya’s year to win it all?
And what about Onyx Coffee Lab? They have Finalists in both the WBC and WBrC with Andrea Allen (interviewed here ahead of the 2021 WBC) and Elika Liftee, respectively. The US is just one of three countries, along with Switzerland and Australia, who have placed Finalists in each competition. Will any of these countries complete the sweep?
The only way to find out is to tune in tomorrow and see for yourself. A schedule of the World Barista Championship Finals times will be posted here and the livestream can be found here. The Schedule for the World Brewers cup will be posted here and the livestream can be found here.