June 15, 2012
Over the past few days, National Barista Champions, Brewers Cup Champions, and Coffee Professionals from all over the world have been gathered in Vienna, Austria for the SCAE’s “World of Coffee” event. One of the highlights of the event is the World Barista Championship.
Over 50 baristas competed for the top spot this year, each bringing a unique and crafty routine to the table. First off, I’d like to say congratulations to all of the competitors for making it to this stage. These baristas represented not only themselves and their employers extremely well, but they brought into the forefront the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the coffee we drink—that is, the farmers, workers, and producers that ensure the highest quality bean possible before sending it along to a roaster.
This year, Mr. Raul Rodas from Guatemala dazzled the specialty coffee world with this professionalism and execution. Today’s doodle is a tribute to Mr. Rodas. Congratulations!