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July 14, 2022

How will sponsor changes affect future World Barista Championships?

June 30, 2022

How can coffee shops handle a busy rush?

June 14, 2022

How can baristas maximise water quality & consistency?

June 2, 2022

Introducing extract chilling in coffee

March 22, 2022

How can coffee professionals train for the Cup Tasters Championships?

August 10, 2022

How can competitors source coffee for the World Barista Championships?

The World Barista Championships (WBC) give coffee professionals from around the world a platform to showcase their expert knowledge and high-level skills. However, in order to do so successfully, a WBC competitor must first source a high-quality coffee that will stand out on the global stage. The Gesha variety has long been a firm choice of many competitors, but now more than ever, lesser-known arabica varieties and even other species… read more

The World Barista Championships (WBC) give coffee professionals from around the world a platform to showcase their expert knowledge and high-level skills. However, in order to do so successfully, a WBC competitor must first source a high-quality coffee that will… read more

August 10, 2022

How can competitors source coffee for the World Barista Championships?

The World Barista Championships (WBC) give coffee professionals from around the world a platform to showcase their expert knowledge and high-level skills. However, in order...

July 14, 2022

How will sponsor changes affect future World Barista Championships?

On 12 January 2022, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announced the qualified sponsors for the 2022 to 2025 World Barista Championships (WBC). These sponsors provide...

June 30, 2022

How can coffee shops handle a busy rush?

There’s no doubt that a sudden rush of customers is a familiar prospect for many baristas and café owners. For some, this can happen on...

June 14, 2022

How can baristas maximise water quality & consistency?

Around the world, specialty coffee baristas rightly focus on tweaking extraction variables to brew delicious beverages. However, as important as grind size, dose, and yield...

June 2, 2022

Introducing extract chilling in coffee

In his 2021 World Barista Championship (WBC) routine, three-time Australian Barista Champion Hugh Kelly introduced to the world stage a concept known as “extract chilling”. ...

March 22, 2022

How can coffee professionals train for the Cup Tasters Championships?

The World Coffee Championships are widely considered to showcase excellence in the coffee industry, including recognising the skills of numerous coffee professions. One of these...

March 17, 2022

The rise of coffee livestreams in China

According to the latest Adobe Digital Economy Index, global ecommerce sales hit US $4.2 trillion in 2021, a trend which was in no small part...

February 3, 2022

Are coffee competitions moving away from Gesha?

Over the past 15 years or so, many World Coffee Championships (WCC) competitors have used the highly-prized Gesha (or Geisha) variety in their routine. When...

January 11, 2022

Does the World Barista Championship need to change?

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is a competition that promotes excellence in coffee and recognises the barista profession on an international scale. It is a...

December 21, 2021

WBC 2021: Reflecting on how coffee producing countries took centre stage

Earlier this year, the World Barista Championship (WBC) made headlines in more ways than one. After a 30-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it...

November 24, 2021

Cleaning and maintaining your coffee grinder

It’s no understatement to say that the grinder is one of the most important pieces of equipment in any coffee brewing setup. Without a high-quality...

September 13, 2021

Customer service, coffee education & management: What does a head barista do?

Much like it will for a Head of Coffee, a head barista’s job description will naturally vary from company to company. Each coffee shop is...

June 24, 2021

How are super-automatic espresso machines evolving?

Also referred to as “fully-automatic” or “bean-to-cup” machines, super-automatic espresso machines or “super-autos” can grind, tamp, and brew coffee for the user. Some models even...

October 8, 2020

Supporting Baristas Through Covid-19: Cafés, Customers & Companies

Covid-19 has affected everyone across the coffee supply chain, from producers through to baristas. More than 90% of cafés around the world have had to...

December 18, 2019

Managing Customer Expectations in Your Coffee Shop

To run a specialty coffee shop, you need an experienced and passionate team of staff members at your side. However, your success will depend on...

December 17, 2019

How to Minimize Injury & Maximize Comfort Behind The Bar

Spending hours on your feet, interacting with customers, operating machines, and preparing drinks are just some of the tasks that baristas complete daily. There’s a...