Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Food_and_Beverages
Congratulations, Pete Licata! You are the champion of the 2013 World Barista Championship.
Pete Licata won the 2013 US Barista Championship that was held in Boston earlier this year and advanced to the World Barista Championship that was held from May 23 to May 26 in Melbourne, Australia. It is quite exiting to know that the champion is not from Europe, Colombia or Brazil but from U.S., where the art of coffee is relatively still new phenomenon.
The World Barista Championship is a battle among baristas who wonCoffee their respective national championships for the title of the World Barista Champion. The contestants compete under 2013 World Barista Championship Official Rules and Regulations which are the following:
They have to use the espresso machine provided by the WBC organization, which may not be the same model that they use at their shops.
The workstations are also exactly identical for each contestant.
Their knowledge, presentation, customer service skills, and their every move — from preparation to brewing to finishing touch — are closely observed and judged by a head judge, sensory judge, and technical judges.
There are also shadow judges to inform the main judges of all the details that they may have missed.
Pete Licata, the quality assurance manager at Parisi Artisan Coffee in Kansas City, was 2011 US Barista Champion and placed second that year at the World Barista Championship in Bogota. - Written by Takako