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OCT-NOV 2017

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Continued on page 20 Tea and Temp on Tour This fall across the western United States, tea's going on tour. More specifi cally, it's the Spirit of Tea Tour, an educational tea road show put on by Spirit Tea and Marco Beverage Systems. Anastasia Chovan, U.S. national account manager for Marco, says people were wowed at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo when Spirit Tea co-owner Jordan Sherer demonstrated how a multi-temperature boiler can positively impact the overall taste of green, white, and black tea. Jordan and Spirit's other owner, Taylor Cowan, also offered tea education at Barista Camp in Wisconsin in June to great acclaim. "It was a huge hit," Anastasia says. It was such a hit, in fact, that Marco and Spirit Tea decided to team up and take this education on the road. The tour will start in L.A. (Septem- ber 28), travel to Denver (October 11), then up to the Pacifi c Northwest for stops in Portland (November 7) and Seattle (November 9). Each event is free, and will include discussion of chemical compounds in tea and their role in producing fl avor; how to determine the best water and tea for your café; best practices for selecting seasonal teas; and more. Of course, parties will follow each city's event. Pre-registration is not required. AWAY TAKE Coffee-Crazed Korea Hosts WBC Perhaps no city on the planet has experienced the level of specialty-coffee progress quite like Seoul, South Korea, where the World Barista Champion- ship (WBC) is set to play out from November 9–12 in conjunction with the Café Show. According to the International Coffee Organization, per-cap- ita coffee consumption in South Korea has doubled since 1990. City of Seoul data reported more than 17,000 coffee shops in the city—way more than Seattle. The city is so entrenched in café culture, in fact, that it's no wonder it annually hosts Asia's larg- est coffee show, and with the addition of the WBC this year, this Café Show will be the biggest coffee event in the world to date. Café Show organizers expect more than 160,000 visitors, countless of whom will be there to cheer for the barista champions represent- ing more than 60 countries in pursuit of the legendary WBC title. Also notable about this year's WBC is it being the inauguration of the new rules and bar layouts released earlier in 2017. Addi- tionally, the team competition, which debuted at the 2016 WBC in Dublin, will be back. It's sure to be an exciting unforgettable event—but then, what WBC isn't? Urnex's Champion Coffee Amabassadors Announced Who says cleaning prod- ucts can't be sexy? The best baristas know that they 're nothing without clean, well-functioning equipment, which is why national barista champions from around the world were clam- oring for a spot in the 2017 roster of the Urnex Ambassadors Pro- gram. Ambassadors are supported before, during, and after competition by Urnex, a global leader in coffee-equipment cleaning products, and in return, they demo and rep Urnex products on the road. The 2017 Urnex Ambassadors are: Nisan Agca (Turkey); Luis Feria (Mex- ico); Francesco Masciullo (Italy); Steven Moloney (Sweden); Chloe Nattrass (Germany); Ben Put (Canada); Kyle Ramage (USA); Miki Suzuki (Japan); Winston Thomas (South Africa); Chad Wang (Hong Kong); Niall Wynn (Ire- land); and Jeremy Zhang (China). See these World Barista and Brewers Cup competitors in action at coffee events throughout 2017 and 2018. PHOTO BY DANIEL MENDOZA PHOTO BY JAKE OLSON FOR WCE 18 barista magazine

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