Specialty Coffee Expo Ends with New World Barista Champion

In Boston, the largest coffee event in North America attracted a record-breaking number of visitors

Coffee professionals from around the globe gathered in Boston, Massachusetts, this week for the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo, North America’s largest coffee trade show and host of the 2019 World Barista and Brewers Cup Championships. Now in its thirty-first year, the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo broke records with over 14,000 registrations. This year’s event put a spotlight on the coffee of the African nation of Burundi, featured as the official Portrait Country, a designation given to a different coffee producing country at Expo every year.

Who is the new World Barista Champion?

Jooyeon Jeon of South Korea won the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC). Fifty-five competitors from around the world competed over four days in the 2019 WBC, which took place inside the Expo trade show. Competitors prepare 4 espressos, 4 milk drinks, and 4 original signature drinks to exacting standards in 15 minutes. The 2019 WBC finalists are Jooyeon Jeon (South Korea), Michalis Dimitrakopoulos (Greece), Cole Torode (Canada), Mikael Jasin (Indonesia), Wojtek Bialczak (Germany) and Mathieu Theis (Switzerland).

Who is 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion?

Jia Ning Du of China is the 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion. Also taking place at the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo, 45 professionals competed over 4 days at the 2019 World Brewers Cup (WBrC), preparing and serving 3 individual beverages for a panel of judges using compulsory coffees for the first round and a coffee of their own choosing for the second and final rounds. The 2019 WBrC finalists are Jia Ning Du (China), Patrik Rolf (Sweden), Alessandro Galtieri (Italy), Chikako Nakai (Japan), Hsu Shih Yuan (Taiwan) and Daniel Hofstetter (Switzerland).

We are proud to announce that three of the finalists have used coffees from Ninety Plus Gesha Estates, Joseph Brodsky’s farm with whom we have been working together on several projects. Now you can enjoy two of his farm’s coffees – the superb Geishas – Panama Geisha by Dabov and Ninety Plus Panama Geisha Lychello.

During the Specialty Coffee Expo, the annual Best New Product Competition recognized 11 new products in 10 different categories, judged on their quality and value to the specialty coffee and tea industry. Also awarded at Expo, the Design Lab competition recognized four companies for great design in coffee spaces, brand, vessels, and packaging.

North America’s biggest coffee event returns to the city of Portland, Oregon, April 23-26, 2020.

Photo: Vicente Partida, Photo provided courtesy of the Specialty Coffee Association

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