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World Barista Championships competitors arrive in Atlanta

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Prepping Espresso @ the WBC Bar

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Baristas from 50+ countries have been competing in Atlanta this week for the World Barista Championships and the finals are set for Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center. I checked out the final day of round one today as well as the accompanying SCAA trade show next door. Nicaragua is the featured country this year and a variety of coffees from different roasters were on tap at the WBC Coffee Bar.

Colin Harmon, Ireland

Colin Harmon, Ireland

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The competition itself is pretty intense with a panel of judges scrutinizing every move, and teams furiously cleaning the espresso machines between competitors. Music chosen by the competitors served as the backdrop for each 15 minute set.

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Jorge Agustin Quiroga, Argentina

Judges from around the world

Judges from around the world

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Barista from Serbia

Beronja Branislav, Serbia

Congratulations to the six competitors who will compete on Sunday for the championship — Hungary, United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Korea.  The competition begins at noon and is free of charge.

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Mike Phillips, USA

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WORLD BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS Georgia World Congress Center