The World Barista Championship is the premiere international coffee competition produced annually by World Coffee Events. The competition focuses on promoting excellence in coffee, advancing the barista profession, and engaging a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as culmination of local and regional events around the globe.

Each year, champions representing more than 50 nations each prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music. WCE Certified Judges from around the world evaluate each performance on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation. The ever-popular signature beverage allows baristas to stretch their imagination and the judges’ palates to incorporate a wealth of coffee knowledge into an expression of their individual tastes and experiences.

The top twelve competitors from the first round (Thursday & Friday, April 9-10) will advance to a semifinal round (Saturday, April 11) in order to identify the top six competitors. These six finalists will compete one last time for the title of World Barista Champion on Sunday, April 12 to an audience buzzing with anticipation. You won’t want to miss it!

Will you be in Seattle? It’s easy to come and cheer for your national champion with SCAA’s $15 WBC Arena badge. For more information, visit SCAA’s registration guide for more information or register directly here.

Can’t make it to Seattle? Watch the 2015 WBC LIVE on Livestream, brought to you by Official Digital Media Sponsor Espresso Supply!


7:30-6:00 WBC Brew & Espresso Bar Hours
8:00-6:00 WBC Round 1 Day 1

7:30-6:00 WBC Brew & Espresso Bar Hours
8:00-5:00 WBC Round 1 Day 2
5:00-6:00 WBC Semifinalist Announcement

9:00-6:00 WBC Brew & Espresso Bar Hours: National Champions on Bar
10:00-3:00 WBC Semifinals Round
3:30-4:30 WBC Finalist Announcement

9:00-5:00 WBC Brew & Espresso Bar Hours
11:30-3:00 WBC Finals Round
3:30-4:30 WBC Awards Ceremony

Sunday, April 12 – Finals Round

11:45 AM Charlotte Malaval (France)
12:25 PM Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (UK)
1:05 PM Charles Babinski (USA)
1:45 PM Sasa Sestic (Australia)
2:25 PM Chan Kwun Ho (Hong Kong)
3:05 PM Ben Put (Canada)

4:00 PM Awards Ceremony

Day 1 – Thursday, April 9
11:00 – 12:00: AeroPress demo
14:00 – 15:00: Pressé by Bobble demo

Day 2 – Friday, April 10

11:00 – 12:00: Pressé by Bobble demo
14:00 – 15:00: Espro Demo

Day 3 – Saturday, April 11

11:00 – 12:00: Faze 9 by Marco demo
14:00 – 15:00: Pour-Over demo

Day 4 – Sunday, April 12
11:00 – 12:00: Chemex Demo
14:00 – 15:00: Clever Dripper demo

Day 1 – Thursday, April 9
10:00 – 10:30: Xylem powered by Flo-jet
14:00 – 14:30: DaVinci

Day 2 – Friday, April 10
10:00 – 10:30: Pacific Barista Series (almond, soy and coconut milk demo)
12:00 – 12:30: Cold Brew Demo with Toddy
14:00 – 14:30: Espresso Supply

Day 3 – Saturday, April 11
Enjoy a coffee prepared by a national champion!

Day 4 – Sunday, April 12
11:00 – 11:30: Cold Brew Demo with Toddy

9:00-11:00Station 1: Canada, Austria, Thailand, Czech Republic
Station 2: Ecuador, France, Hong Kong, Iran
Station 3: Portugal, Australia, Brazil, Ukraine
11:00-13:00Station 1: Poland, Uganda, Norway, Greece
Station 2: Puerto Rico, Italy, South Korea, Iceland
Station 3: Russia, El Salvador, South Africa
13:00-15:00Station 1: Honduras, UK, Zambia, Singapore
Station 2: USA, Peru, Lithuania, UAE
Station 3: Philippines, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary
15:00-17:00Station 1: Columbia, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Malaysia
Station 2: Japan, Kenya, Belgium, Finland
Station 3: Slovakia, Mexico, The Netherlands
17:00-19:00Station 1: China, Taiwan, Germany, Guatemala
Station 2: Sweden, Indonesia, Romania
Station 3: Turkey, Costa Rica, Spain, Ireland

Come hangout and celebrate the crowning of the new World Barista Champion! We are excited to announce that we’ll be hosting, in conjunction with DaVinci, the official after party of the WBC on Sunday, April 12 from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM at the Trinity Night Club in Seattle.

Tickets are $25 and include two drinks and fare from Seattle’s finest food trucks, a photo booth, and lots of dancing. Tickets can be purchased through SCAA online registration or in person at the SCAA/WBC store.