Coffee competition fans, rejoice: a massive field of 24 competitors has just been announced for the 2018 Coffee Masters Tournament at London Coffee Festival! This is a tournament anyone can win, with past winners like Yuko Inoue, James Wise, and Erika Vonie taking home global honors and a generous cash prize at previous events. This next round of competition happens April 12th-15th at London Coffee Festival, the world's premiere coffee festival, with annual attendance regularly topping 30,000 industry professionals and consumers. Tickets are on sale now and include access to the tournament, plus tasting experiences, workshops, rocking pop-up cafes, heaps of top exhibitors, a great many cocktails (thanks to London's amenable public liquor laws), original art, coffee and food pairings, La Marzocco’s hugely popular True Artisan Cafe, and much, much more across two floors of the Old Truman Brewery in the heart of Shoreditch, East London.
Sprudge is thrilled to be back as an official media partner of the festival and tournament for a fourth consecutive season, with an eye towards another run of the Masters in New York City this fall and the launch of the first-ever Los Angeles Coffee Festival November 9th-11th in Los Angeles. But for now, lets meet the 24 global 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.
Janis Podins, The Coffee Collective, Denmark
Phil Groves, Timberyard, United Kingdom
Shinsaku Fukayama, Independent, Japan