Coffee Masters, the fast-paced multi-disciplinary barista competition designed by the team at Allegra and coffee creative duo DunneFrankowski, was hosted for the first time at The London Coffee Festival in 2015.
The competition saw some of the world’s best baristas compete head-to-head for the prestigious Coffee Master title and a £5,000 cash prize; congratulations to the first ever Champion James Bailey from Workshop Coffee Co.
This September also saw the launch of the New York Coffee Festival and Coffee Masters New York, meaning there’s now not one but two competitions taking place each year. Find out more about Coffee Masters New York and its winner Ben Morrow here.
And, we can now finally reveal the full line-up for Coffee Masters, London 2016. Click here to find out who they are and watch the entry videos.
Here's the schedule of events...
THURSDAY: ROUND 1 BATTLES
10.30-11.30 — Sonali Tailor v Edgar Juskas
12.00-13.00 — Esther Maasdam v Tim Tate
14.00-15.00 — William Pitts v Nick Mabey
15.30-16.30 — Ben Morrow v Matuesz Gaca
10.30-11.30 — James Wise v Manuel Borsato
12.00-13.00 — Simone Koenig v Patrick Rolf Karlsson
14.00-15.00 — Kristian Aleksiev v June Thornton
15.30-16.30 — Cosmin Mihailov v Yuko Inoue
SATURDAY: QUARTER FINALS
11.00-12.00 — Battle 1
12.30-13.30 — Battle 2
14.30-15.30 — Battle 3
16.00-17.00 — Battle 4
SUNDAY: SEMI FINALS AND FINAL
11.00-12.30 — Semi Final 1
13.00-14.30 — Semi Final 2
16.00-18.00 — FINAL
How it works
Judged by a panel of industry figureheads, the fast-paced knockout battle format of Coffee Masters will see 16 baristas showcase their skills head-to-head across a broad range of disciplines: Cupping, Brewing, Latte Art, The Order and The Signature Drink, with The Espresso Blend being included for those who successfully make it to the Coffee Masters semi-finals.