The first two rounds of the World Barista Championships in the Italian coastal town of Rimini are over, and the semi-finalists are about to be announced. Like in recent years, all the presentations are broadcast live and made available afterwards. Here are the Nordic champions and their presentations in the order they competed.
Søren Stiller Markussen, Denmark
A career barista, Søren has been Danish Barista Champion three times! He owns and operates Great Coffee in Aarhus, Denmark. He used a variety of self-roasted Honduran coffees for his presentation. Barista Magazine caught up with all the competitors this year for a short interview. Here is Søren’s.
Tobias Palm, Sweden
Tobias is a barista with Johan & Nystrøm in Sweden, and has worked with coffee since 2011. He was the 2013 Cup Tasting Champion as well as being on the winning team of the 2013 Nordic Barista Cup. He used an Ethiopian coffee for this presentation. Here is his interview with Barista Magazine.
Helka Ikonen, Finland
Helka works as a barista at Café Art in Turku, Finland, and has been a barista for two years. She used a combination of Kenyan varietals for her espresso, ground with the now-infamous Mahlkönig EK43 grinder, brought to fame last year by Matt Perger of Australia. Here is her interview with Barista Magazine.
Tore Øverleir, Norway
Tore is a long-time barista with Dromedar, a Trondheim institution. He used coffee from Finca Tamana, a Columbian coffee farm Tim Wendelboe is heavily involved with. Here is his interview with Barista Magazine.
Sadly, Iceland did not send a competitor this year.
The 2014 semi-finalists are: Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, Australia, El Salvador, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland.
Better luck next year!
Photo courtesy of Kalle Freese’s Instagram