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WBC Tokyo Japan Day 2
Author: CoffeeGeek Staff
Posted: August 1, 2007
Article rating: 8.3
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The Finals!
Posted by Jack Hanna, 7:55pm Permalink to this blog entry

It's the end of the day now, and the competitors for the finals were just announced. Only the top six out of the 45 countries represented will be competiting on the final day, for a shot at the elusive title of the world's best Barista!

The top six are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. Brazil - Sylvia Magalhaes
  2. Japan - Miyuki Miyamae
  3. New Zealand - Carl Sara
  4. Switzerland - Anna Kaeppeli
  5. United Kingdom - James Hoffmann
  6. United States - Heather Perry

A big shocker this year for the crowd and probably for anyone who follows these things is that, for the first time ever, Scandinavia \ Nordic countries were not included in the final six. This speaks well about the state of the art of the Barista worldwide.

There are also four female competitors in the finals this year, which means the possibility of the first female barista champion this year is very high. It is also the first time that a big producing nation has made it on to the final stage: Brasil is in the finals! Ultimately this bodes well for more recognition in the country's industry for quality espresso and producing great quality coffee.

This is also Switzerland's first final ever, which must make Anna Kaeppeli and her team ecstatic.  To round things out, the Japanese competitor made it into the finals in her home town, marking the second time Japan has had an entrant in the finals of the WBC.

All in all, this is a great prelude to a very exciting Finals day.

Here's some additional photos from the second day at the WBC.

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Article rating: 8.3
Author: CoffeeGeek Staff
Posted: August 1, 2007
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