World of Coffee is an event that gathers the biggest number of speciality-coffee-loving people in Europe for a three-day full-on programme. The event is held once a year in a European city with a thriving coffee culture. This year’s host city was Budapest, Hungary.
World Barista Championships are a major part of the World of Coffee events. Out of 7 championships worldwide, 5 categories were assigned to take place in the capital of Hungary: Coffee in Good Spirits, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Brewers Cup and Cezve/Ibrik Championships.
We are excited to share the success of European Baristas with you! Out of 24 finalists, there were 16 coming from European countries.
Greece scored the highest as a country, securing 4 medals, followed by Poland with 2 medals. The only European gold though goes to Slovakia thanks to Martin Hudak.
2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship results
After 7 years of competing and two second-rank placements in 2014 and 2016, Martin Hudak took the golden medal with the highest score in the history of the competition, beating the second competitor by 60 points. If you are interested in true hospitality and immersive performance on stage, watch Martin’s winning presentation.
1 –Martin Hudak – Slovakia – American Bar at the Savoy Hotel – score 380.0
2 – Manos Mamakis – Greece – The Underdog – score 320.0
3 – Mateusz Szuchnik – Poland – El Koktel / Kofi Brand – score 297.0
4 – Natasha Shariff – Singapore – Bettr Barista Coffee Academy – score 272.0
5 – Natalia Obruch – Russia – Coffee Owl Roasters – score 251.0
6 – Yukari Suzuki – Japan – Unlimited Coffee Bar – score 211.5
Greece proved to be the strongest European country when it comes to preparing and supporting its representatives in multiple categories. In Latte Art, Greece also beat the Queen of Latte Art, Latte Art’s best women competitor Agnieszka Rojewska.
The Brewers Cup stage saw some tight results! The differences between the winner, Chad Wang, and the following three competitors were in a couple of points. But here, every half-a-point counts! We are also extremely proud of Petra Strelecka, the best woman competitor in the category!
1 – Chad Wang – Taiwan – JascaffeChina – score 149.06
2 – Sam Corra – Australia – Ona Coffee – score 146.92
3 – Stathis Koremtas- Greece – Taf Coffee – score 146.84
4 – Michael Manhart – Austria – Independent – score 145.47
5 – Constantin Hoppenz – Germany – Bonanza Coffee – score 140.69
6 – Petra Strelecka – Czech Republic – Industra Coffee – score 138.52
The Cezve/Ibrik brew method is probably the least mastered by a wide public, although it is the most common in certain geographical areas. Greece showed their skills with the Ibrik and won the second place, Russia scoring tightly after them. We would have loved to taste a speciality brew from the European competitors of Italy and Ukraine as well. They would likely break the common misconceptions about Cezve/Ibrik.