With full details of the London Coffee Festival 2018:
The battle is on;
Coffee Masters is returning to The London Coffee Festival in 2018.
20 world-class baristas
will go head-to-head fighting for the coveted Coffee Masters title and
grand prize of £5,000. The winning barista must wow a panel of expert
judges, including Anne Lunell and Tim Wendelboe, over four days of
high-octane competition. It's the ultimate test of barista skill and
innovation in specialty coffee.
Are you 2018’s master
barista? Time to start prepping your application video; entries close 1
February, and you don't want to miss out. Apply here.
If you'd rather sit
back and watch with a coffee or cocktail in hand, buy your Early Bird Ticket to The London
Coffee Festival today and be there to watch the action unfold live...
Returning as Head
Judge to the Coffee Masters stage is Anne Lunell; the Swedish barista
champion is the visionary behind Koppi, an internationally respected
and well-loved coffee roaster in the Swedish town of Helsingborg, which
she founded in 2007 with Charles Nystrand.
world-renowned Norwegian barista and entrepreneur, has won the
Nordic Roaster Competition three years running. He is famed for his
dedication to visiting and assisting coffee producers to improve their
quality. With an espresso bar, training centre and micro roastery in
Oslo, his own land in Colombia and several published books, he is a
true heavyweight in the world of specialty coffee.
Head of Quality
Control at Caravan Coffee Roasters, Freda Yuan is a licensed Q grader,
current UK Cup Tasters Champion, and Authorised SCA Trainer in English
and Mandarin. She brings her passion for the sensory elements of coffee
and world-leading cupping experience to the judging panel.
With seven years in
the coffee industry under her belt, Mikaela Gervard of The Coffee Collective
in Copenhagen returns to judge Coffee Masters 2018. Having won The
Brewers Cup national championships in Finland in 2015 and 2016, she
knows what a winning barista is made of.
Sonja is Founder of
Barista Connect, a female network where women from all parts of the
industry meet and inspire each other at international events. She’s
also a three-time national Barista Champion, Judge, Roaster and
Barista, and she can’t wait to take to the judging panel.
In 2010 Kris co-founded Berlin based brand Five Elephant
Coffee with his now wife Sophie. His role as CEO focuses on ethical and
responsible business practices and direct sourcing of high quality
coffee. He is closely involved with staff competitions, participating
in the training of numerous National Brewing and Barista Championship
David’s Cape Town
based cafe, Truth Coffee, has been named the best in the world by a
more than a few prominent UK Newspapers; twice in a row by the Daily
Telegraph. He believes in results, individuality and playing on
people’s strengths. The one thing he hates? Excuses.
Returning once more to the Coffee
Masters stage, 2009 World Barista Champion and founder of East London’s
Prufrock Coffee, Gwilym, is famed for making coffee in 36 different
countries. He’s now settled in Prague where he owns and runs a Barista
Jordan co-founded one of the most
important coffee news sites in the world, Sprudge.com, in 2009. Now a
network of over seventy writers around the world, Sprudge covers the
latest and greatest in coffee, including our very own Coffee Masters.
2016 USBC Champion and co-owner of Back
Alley and Black & White Coffee Roasters, known for their unique
flavours and aromas, Lem Butler, is joining the impressive line-up of MCs
for the forth time. He’s won the US Southeast Regional Barista
Competition no fewer than five times.
Coffee Masters Sponsors
If the opportunity to win Coffee Masters and a glorious
cheque for £5,000 weren’t enough of a draw, then news that the
competition machine of choice is Faema’s E71 is sure to entice.
At the forefront of the plant-based revolution is Alpro
for Professionals; specially formulated for baristas, the
high-performance range delivers excellent workability for a consistent
and creamy drink.
Having started life
in Japan in 1921, Hario is now global brand renowned for impeccable
craftsmanship and sleek design. At the centre of it all is the V60,
Hario’s now-iconic coffee dripper, and the favourite of baristas and home