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AUG-SEP 2018

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Clockwise from top le : Beloved fi xture of barista competition stages the world over, Gianni Cassatini of longtime WBC espresso-machine sponsor The Simonelli Group shared a laugh backstage with fi nalist John Gordon of New Zealand. Most baristas agreed that the party of the week was The Barista League's Midsummer Party sponsored by Ally Coff ee, which took place at CT Coff ee & Coconuts in the uber-cool De Pijp neighborhood of Amsterdam. The Barista League took over all three fl oors of the stunning café, with a competition between coff ee legends on one fl oor, conversation on another, and dancing on the last. In this photo, emcee Marcus Boni (le ) announces the fi nalists in the all-for-fun team competition, one of whom was 2017 Japanese Barista Champion Miki Suzuki (beside Marcus) and her teammate, 2017 World La e Art Champion Arnon Thitiprasert of Thailand (beside Miki). Two-time Coff ee Masters champion Ben Morrow of Australia/Netherlands holds up Arnon's hand in congratulations, while Ben's partner, Esther Maasdam of the Netherlands, a former World La e Art Championship fi nalist cheers their victory. At far right, competitor Joanna Alm of Drop Coff ee in Sweden claps for their accomplishment, as well. This photo by Ashley Day. One of the happiest faces at this year's WBC was Sasa Sestic (right) of Australia, who holds the 2015 WBC championship title. Sasa and his team at Project Origin and ONA Coff ee selected Agnieszka Rojewska (pictured) and New Zealand Barista Champ John Gordon as recipients of scholarships that included coff ee and coaching. With both John and Agnieszka making the fi nal round—and Agnieszka taking top honors— Sasa was all smiles. A certain coff ee-magazine editor (yours truly) almost had a panic a ack on fi rst walk through of the Roasters Village at the World of Coff ee, so packed with people, exhibitors, cuppings, conversations, and laughter as it was. The Roasters Village is many peoples' favorite part about the Specialty Coff ee Association expo events in the United States and Europe, as it aff ords small roasters and importers space to showcase their coff ees in a boutique-like se ing. A large contingent from Poland fi lled the stands to watch eventual winner Agnieszka Rojewska's preliminary-, semifi nal-, and fi nal-round performances. This was the fi rst time a Polish competitor has won a world coff ee championship title. 88 barista magazine

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