Monday, 29 January 2018

London Coffee Festival 12-15 April 2018

With full details of the London Coffee Festival 2018:

The London Coffee Festival

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...
Anne Lunell
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.
Tim Wendelboe
The 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.
Freda Yuan
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.
Mikaela Gervard
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 Zweidick
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.
Kris Shakman
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 wins.
David Donde
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.
Gwilym Davies
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 Training Centre
Jordan Michelman
Jordan co-founded one of the most important coffee news sites in the world,, 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.
Lem Butler
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
Faema E71
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.
Alpro for Professionals
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 brewers worldwide.

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