AND THE WINNER IS...

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AND THE WINNER IS...

Postby zacharycarlsen on Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:33 pm

Klaus Thompson announces the winners…

6th place: Brazil Barista Champion Sylvia Magalhaes

5th place: Switzerland Barista Champion Anna Kaeppeli

4th place: Japan Barista Champion Miyuki Miyamae

3rd place: New Zealand Barista Champion Carl Sara

2nd place: United States Barista Champion Heather Perry

2007 WORLD BARISTA CHAMPION IS: United Kingdom Barista Champion James Hoffmann!!!!!
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Postby Jason Haeger on Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:33 pm

I just can't express my excitement adequately in text form.
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Postby Steve on Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:44 pm

James you're my Hero well done for putting the UK on the coffee map, I'm so pleased :)
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awesome!

Postby ypoedza on Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:12 pm

congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby Jack Hanna on Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:26 pm

congratulations to the hoff!
well deserved mate...
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Postby sarahdelilah on Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:29 pm

Heather,

Being as awesome a person as you are, I know you must be stoked about your amazing performance. I cried! I wished I could be there to hug you! You are wonderful, and you have made me so proud.

Crying tears of happiness as I write this,
Sarah
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Postby Gary McGann on Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:00 am

We set out three years ago in the UK to get a top ten position in 3/5 years. I really cant believe that we now have a WBC champion. We were so lucky that James stepped up to the plate when he did. To him the greatest applause. To everyone else who helped him in his journey take a bow. To our sponsors, thank you. To the baristas who kept pushing him in the nationals, to Steve L for roasting his coffee, to Stephen M his coach, to Steve P his until renently employer and driving force of the UKBC, to my fellow commitee members, to the whole coffee community who supported him.

This is a great day for James and the UK coffee industry!

Not forgetting Heather and the other top 6 either - well done!
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Postby Rich Westerfield on Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:18 am

Congrats James on the win. Too cool. Can't wait to read your thoughts when it sinks in.
Congrats Heather on the highest US finish ever and for being a consummate pro.
Congrats all finalists and and competitors for being champions!
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Postby MarkG on Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:39 am

Well done James, a fantastic achievement, you did the UK proud and I am so pleased for you. Good luck for your new venture :P

Not forgetting Coffeed's own Steve Leighton who worked with Jim through the UKBC wins and is a truely gifted roaster. The hero of the UK enthusiast community.
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Postby Mike Paras on Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:41 am

fantastic!
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Postby Aldo1 on Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:48 am

Congratulation to James and Heather; everyone, really. It sounds like it was marvelous craftsmanship: an outstanding display of coffee and skill. I wonder what it came down to?
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Postby Aldo1 on Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:50 am

And SO interesting to me that the Japanese champion competed in English (I can only imagine trying to perform in Japanese myself -- rofl)

How do they handle the language and translation issues for the judges?
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Postby Matt Riddle on Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:08 am

most of the judges are fluent or at least speak enough english to understand. If the competitor doesn't speak english, they have a translator.
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Postby terry on Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:05 am

What a great event. Congrats to the finalists and to James and Heather! Awesome
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Postby Dismas on Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:29 am

Wow! That is awesome. Congratulations James. Congratulations Heather. The first time that Norway or Denmark has not been in the top six incredible.
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Postby Ryan Willbur on Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:10 am

Just when I thought I couldn't respect James Hoffman more... Way to rock it! Well deserved! It's good to know that the craft and coffee will be well represented over the next year...
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videos

Postby zacharycarlsen on Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:12 am

We've begun posting the finalist presentation videos. You can now see James' full performance.

http://zacharyzachary.com/2007/08/02/fi ... entations/
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Postby sarahdelilah on Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:31 am

Zachary! Go to sleep! You deserve to rest and relax now!! Are you staying in Tokyo for a well-deserved vacay now?
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Postby zacharycarlsen on Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:36 am

must blog
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Postby sarahdelilah on Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:42 am

Good. Enjoy yourselves. You have literally changed everything about the potential for communication within the industry.

Ryan Willbur: It's Hoffmann, damnit! (Not Hoffman)
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Postby Sandy on Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:46 am

Congrats to James Hoffmann! Nice job.

Heather, all i can say is congratulations, you did us so proud.
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Postby Ryan Willbur on Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:38 am

sarahdelilah wrote:
Ryan Willbur: It's Hoffmann, damnit! (Not Hoffman)


Alright, alright! Point taken!
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Postby jmc on Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:33 pm

congrats to all!
heather perry you are fierce.
zachary, stay golden.
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Postby Duck on Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:57 pm

Everyone was amazing. Zachary and Katie deserve an award for the job they did.

Heather is a machine.
James is wow.

USA Baristas, 3...2...?
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