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Thursday, August 02, 2007

2007 World Barista Champion

Congrats to James Hoffman of the U.K. who just won top honors at the World Barista Championship in Tokyo. More than 40 baristas from around the world converged in Japan this week to participate in three days of intense competition. U.S. Barista Champion Heather Perry placed 2nd, Carl Sara of New Zealand nabbed 3rd and Miyuki Miyamae of Japan came in 4th. Under the ever-watchful eyes of judges, competitors had to serve four espressos, cappuccinos and signature drinks. James' signature drink combined an intriguing blend of ingredients, including coffee, hazelnuts and tobacco-infused cream—fantastic!