28-31 March 2019 |Old Truman Brewery,Brick Lane.
  • Coffee Masters

24 contenders

7 Disciplines

1 winner


Creativity, passion, skill, knowledge and personality – this is what makes a Coffee Master.

Judged by a panel of industry figureheads, the fast-paced knockout battle format of Coffee Masters will see 24 baristas showcase their skills head-to-head across a broad range of disciplines. With a prize of £5000 on the bar, and the prestegious title of Coffee Master, the stakes are high.

in 2018 year, Poland's Agineszka Rojewska was crowned Coffee Master at The London Coffee Festival 2018, making her the first ever female to take the title in London. A now seasoned coffee competitor on the world stage, Rojewska returns home with the cash prize and the biggest title of her career: Coffee Master. 

Are you an inspired barista ready to prove your skill, knowledge and showmanship on the big stage? Apply now.  



THE 2018

NAME: Janis podins
REPRESENTING: the coffee collective
FROM: Denmark


NAME: phil groves
REPRESENTING: timberyard
FROM: uk


NAME: shinsaku fukayama
REPRESENTING: st ali, Melbourne
FROM: japan



NAME: Kristóf Mayer
REPRESENTING: Department of coffee and social affairs
FROM: hungary


NAME: Rob Clarijs
REPRESENTING: dasawe coffee roasters x beanspire
FROM: Netherlands


NAME: Jimmy Dimitrov
REPRESENTING: clifton coffee
FROM: uk

NAME: Max white
REPRESENTING: small batch coffee roasters
FROM: uk


NAME: polina vladimirova
REPRESENTING: coffeemania
FROM: russia


NAME: Agnieszka Rojewska
FROM: poland


NAME: wissem ben rahim
FROM: germany


NAME: Eliasz Minkiewicz
FROM: uk


NAME: Dagne Vaskopa
REPRESENTING: rocket bean roastery
FROM: latvia


NAME: daniel horbat
REPRESENTING: network cafe
FROM: romania


NAME: cole torode
REPRESENTING: rosso coffee roasters
FROM: canada


NAME: jennifer hall
REPRESENTING: black & white coffee roasters
FROM: usa


NAME: kasey headley
REPRESENTING: trinity street coffee bar
FROM: usa 


NAME: jaya chingen
FROM: uk 


NAME: Natanaél Stürenberg
REPRESENTING: five elephant
FROM: germany 


NAME: claire wallace
REPRESENTING: brew lab coffee
FROM: uk 


NAME: Petra Strelecka
REPRESENTING: industra coffee
FROM: czech republic



name: sam reed
Representing: Stir Coffee
From: UK


name: matteo colaci
Representing: the bookshelf coffee house, ireland
From: italy 


name: wojciech tysler
Representing: bewley's
From: ireland 


NAME: tomas misar
Representing: hagen espresso bar
From: czech republic


how it works


Judged by a panel of industry figureheads, the fast-paced knockout battle format of Coffee Masters will see 20 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.


The Disciplines

The Cupping

The Cupping

The Cupping tests the barista’s ability to understand taste profiles in a highly-competitive time-pressed battle.  

Each competitor is presented with six coffees set in a particular order. The competitors have three minutes to taste and memorise the order in which those coffees are placed on the table.  The coffee bowls are then shuffled randomly and competitors have two minutes to taste and return the coffee bowls back to their original order.
The Brewing

The Brewing

The Brewing tests the barista’s ability to choose the right brewing method for a coffee.

The competitor will select one of the six coffees presented in The Cupping round to brew.

This discipline aims to assess the barista's understanding of grinding (using a EK43) and their ability to select the right brewing method among Chemex, Aeropress or V60 to maximise taste. The competitors will be judged on the correlation between their choice of coffee and brewing method, their presentation and the taste of their coffee. 
The Latte Art

The Latte Art

The Latte Art tests the barista’s mastery of milk, challenging them to create specific patterns in milk-based drinks against the clock.  

The judge will roll a dice three times, determining three different coffee patterns that competitors have to replicate and present to the judges.

The presented coffees will be judged on visual appearance of the pattern, milk quality and contrast.

The Order

The Order

A real world test. Baristas are challenged to deliver an order of 10 espresso-based drinks, common to a quality café menu.

Baristas will be presented with an order docket, which they will be challenged to produce in nine minutes or less. The competitors will be judged on their technical skill, professionalism and time.
The Signature Drink

The Signature Drink

Baristas will need to replicate and present the same Signature Drink as per their online submission video.

A signature drink is a coffee based mixed beverage consisting of three or more ingredients, as long as they are safe and legal to use.

The competitors will present three identical drinks to the judges and will be judged on taste, creativity, consistency and presentation.
The Espresso Blend

The Espresso Blend

Baristas will create an espresso blend from the coffees used in The Cupping.

The ‘Espresso Blend’ discipline will only occur during the semi-finals.  The two finalists will need to replicate their bespoke blend during the final.

The Origin

The Origin

The Origin tests the barista’s ability to identify coffee origins by taste, in a highly competitive time-pressed battle. Each contender is presented with six coffees, and a table-top map of the world. The contender will have five minutes to taste the coffees and place them on the map in the correct geographical location from where they originate.
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