2018 World Barista Championship Semi-Finalists and Winning Team Announced

Congratulations to Team Steam, winner of the 2018 World Barista Championship Team Competition, and to all 16 competitors who have qualified for the semi-finals round, which begins Friday 22nd of June at 9:15AM CEST. The Team Competition, introduced in 2016, puts each competitor on a team with 5-6 competitors from various national bodies for support and camaraderie. Each of the competitors still give an individual performance on stage, and the ranking of that individual performance contributes to their team’s score. They also work a shift together on the Team Bar, making coffee for fans and earning additional participation points. The team with the best average ranking at the end of the preliminary round is the winner, with all of the team members earning the opportunity to participate in a future WBC All-Stars event—in addition, the team wins an additional placement slot in the semi-finals, which is awarded to the highest-scoring competitor on the team who did not already qualify for semi-finals.

Here are the members of Team Steam:

CRAIG SIMON – AUSTRALIA, DEYBIS RODRIGUEZ – NICARAGUA, ZENN SOON – SINGAPORE, MATT WINTON – SWEDEN, MATHIEU THEIS – SWITZERLAND, KOSTIANTYN STRELNYKOV – UKRAINE

And here are the 16 semifinalists:

ZENN SOON – SINGAPORE

KEITH KOAY ZIZHENG – MALAYSIA

ATHIP ARCHALERTTRAKOOL – THAILAND

COLE TORODE – CANADA

JOSHUA TARLO – UNITED KINGDOM

JOO YEON – SOUTH KOREA

MATT WINTON – SWEDEN

LEX WENNEKER – THE NETHERLANDS

CRAIG SIMON – AUSTRALIA

MICHALIS KATSIAVOS – GREECE

LILIYA GADELSHINA – RUSSIA

JOHN GORDON – NEW ZEALAND

TAKAYUKI ISHITANI – JAPAN

AGNIESZKA ROJEWSKA – POLAND

COLE MCBRIDE – USA

MATHIEU THEIS – SWITZERLAND

The semi-final round begins at 9:15AM CEST on Friday the 22nd. You can watch every performance in the round at worldbaristachampionship.org

2018-06-21T13:11:32+00:00 June 21st, 2018|