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2016 WBC Top Six. Picture by Jake Olson for World Coffee Events.

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is the preeminent international coffee competition produced annually by World Coffee Events (WCE). The competition focuses on promoting excellence in coffee, advancing the barista profession, and engaging a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe.

Each year, champions representing more than 50 Nations each prepare 4 espressos, 4 milk drinks, and 4 original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music.

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2016 World Barista Champion Berg Wu of Taiwan. Picture by Jake Olson for World Coffee Events.

WCE Certified Judges from around the world evaluate each performance on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation. The ever-popular signature beverage allows baristas to stretch their imagination and the judges’ palates to incorporate a wealth of coffee knowledge into an expression of their individual tastes and experiences.

The top 12 competitors from the first round advance to a semifinal round. The top 6 competitors in the semifinal round advance to the finals round, from which one winner is named World Barista Champion!

World Barista Championship 2016 Results

 Champion: Berg Wu of Taiwan
2nd: Yoshikazu Iwase of Japan
3rd: Ben Put of Canada
4th: Lem Butler of the USA
5th: Charlotte Malaval of France
6th: Lex Wenneker of The Netherlands.