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2011 WBC Finals in Bogota

Postby Marshall on Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:54 pm

Pete Licata and his all-Hawaiian "layered" espresso has made it to the final 6:

Javier Garcia, SPAIN
Miki Suzuki, JAPAN
Matt Perger, AUSTRALIA
Alejandro Mendez, EL SALVADOR
John Gordon, UNITED KINGDOM
Pete Licata, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Live streaming Sunday beginning 1:00 pm EDT. http://www.livestream.com/worldbaristachampionshiplive. (12:00 Bogota time, UCT -5).

There is also a pretty cool video on the site of Stephen Morrissey touring the engineering and production facilities that were used to design and now manufacture the Simonelli Aurelia. In case anyone thinks it's easy to design a high-end espresso machine, it's not. :D
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Postby Marshall on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:30 pm

And the winner is:

ALEJANDRO MENDEZ, EL SALVADOR (710.5)

2nd Pete Licata, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (659.5)
3rd Matt Perger, AUSTRALIA (659)
4th Javier Garcia, SPAIN (631.5)
5th Miki Suzuki, JAPAN (629.5)
6th John Gordon, UNITED KINGDOM (613.5)
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Postby another_jim on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:57 pm

His specialty drink was a tea of coffee flowers, infused with the mucilage (cherry), and then a shot of the espresso added, all from one coffee from one El Salvador farm.

:shock: :D I don't know about the taste; but the recipe deserves WBC honors.
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Postby TimEggers on Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:33 am

Yes, that concept is amazing. I would have loved to see it first hand...and to taste! So well done, by all.
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Postby DJR on Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:56 am

Ok, so I had to ask:

Why do the judges take a spoon and smear it through the foam?

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Postby another_jim on Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:13 am

To check depth and consistency. It used to be the same for the crema; but I think its just a stir now.
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Postby ChristianB on Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:53 am

Marshall wrote:There is also a pretty cool video on the site of Stephen Morrissey touring the engineering and production facilities that were used to design and now manufacture the Simonelli Aurelia. In case anyone thinks it's easy to design a high-end espresso machine, it's not. :D


I could not find the video on the site, but I think I found it on youtube:

This documentary will show you how Nuova Simonelli makes its espresso machines. Stephen Morrissey, winner of the 2008 World Barista Championship, will accompany viewers on a journey into the world of Nuova Simonelli. In line with the companys historic philosophy of transparency and openness, Nuova Simonelli has let its story be told, revealing all of its secrets.
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Postby frustrated_uk on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:16 am

All that hard work and money to come up with the worthiest farmer / origin / terroir / blah blah spiel to promote Nespresso. Cos those guys really care. Awesome.
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Postby Viernes on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:37 am

I don't know how the scores works. There are big differences between rounds, which seems strange to me.

Alejandro Mendez
Round 1: 637
Semi: 636.5
Final: 710.5

Pete Licata
Round 1: 598
Semi: 712.5
Final: 659.5

There are jumps of +100 points for the same barista between rounds. Highest score is for Licata on Semi Finals with 712.5 points, he also has the lowest score on round 1.

Being a world championship I expect extreme repeatability in the barista's routines...... seems not? Why the huge differences?
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Postby frustrated_uk on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:47 am

While there may be good consistency between a barista's routines, there is a distinct lack of consistency between judges' scores. There was likely a different judging panel for each round. Different panel, different agendas...

Competitors will often raise their game or crumble as the stakes get higher too.
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