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WBC 2007 Tokyo Japan, Day 0
Author: CoffeeGeek Staff
Posted: July 29, 2007
Article rating: 9.7
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The Usual Suspects
Posted by Jack Hanna, 9:00am Permalink to this blog entry

Day 0 at the World Barista Championship is traditionally the day that the espresso industry reunites in person and this year in Tokyo, Japan, it's not different - the big family is together again! Of course, some friendly faces are missed, but by and large, this is always the biggest single gathering of espresso-enthused experts.

Along with so many familiar faces, there's always ne additions to the family, and so many new people are here this year. This is the first time the WBC has been held in Asia, with all the prior championships going to the US and parts of Europe. There's a very large Australian contingent here - possibly over 40 - and I think it's even larger than the Japanese support at this event.

Today is the day that all the national Champion Baristas undergo their briefing for the championship, and the judges all have their final meetings, prepping for the big event.

We entered the hall, filled with anticipation as well as a stifling humidity. You can feel the buzz in the air as all the Baristas listen carefully to the new rules for this year, and take a moment to introduce themselves to everyone. There's 48 national Champions in all, though it appears like some have not been able to make the trip, including Ethiopia, which if true, would be a major disappointment. But there are more representatives from coffee-producing nations this year than any year before, and that is something to get very excited about. Other countries, like Zambia, Singapore, and others are sending first time representatives.


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Michelle Addresses the Baristas and Trainers
Michelle Campbell of the SCAA and WBC addresses the huge group of national champion baristas and their trainers / coaches.
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Iceland Arrives
Some of the members of Team Iceland, including Ingbjorg Jona Siguroardottir (left), Iceland's National Champion.
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Team, er, UK?
Technically the bloke on the left isn't in the UK, but here's Steve Morrissey and Jim Hoffmann on the right, the UK Champion.
Article rating: 9.7
Author: CoffeeGeek Staff
Posted: July 29, 2007
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