12-15 April 2018 |Old Truman Brewery,Brick Lane.
  • Coffee Masters

20 contenders

7 Disciplines

1 winner


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

Coffee Masters™ is the fast-paced, multi-discipline global barista tournament taking place annually at The London and New York Coffee Festivals.

The next competition will be held at London Coffee Festival 12-15 April, 2018. Click here to apply to compete.

The competition will return to New York in 2018.


NAME: Nick Maybe
REPRESENTING: Assembly Coffee
FROM: England


NAME: Edgaras Juska
REPRESENTING: Catalyst, Prufrock, Vagabond
FROM: England


NAME: Rie Hanao
FROM: Sweden


NAME: Jimmy Dimitrov
REPRESENTING: Clifton Coffee
FROM: England


NAME: Rob Clarijs
REPRESENTING: De Zeeuwse Branding // Stielman
FROM: Netherlands


NAME: Vincenzo Bellone
REPRESENTING: Warren Allen Cafes
FROM: Ireland


NAME: Wissem Ben Rahim
REPRESENTING: Ben Rahim Coffee
FROM: Germany


NAME: Franciska Apró
REPRESENTING: Espresso Embassy
FROM: Hungary


NAME: James Wise
FROM: England


NAME: Jaya Chingen
REPRESENTING: Climpson & Sons
FROM: England


NAME: Nikolas Georgiou
FROM: England


NAME: Ewelina Kania
FROM: England


NAME: Sam Reed
FROM: England


NAME: James 'Westy' West
REPRESENTING: Union Hand-Roasted Coffee
FROM: England


NAME: Ryan Garrick
REPRESENTING: Avenue Coffee Roasting Co.
FROM: Scotland


NAME: Zdenek Hybl
FROM: Czech Republic


NAME: Diana Johnston Ledezma
REPRESENTING: Taylor St Baristas
FROM: England


NAME: Brittany Gunther
FROM: England


NAME: Phil Groves
FROM: England


NAME: Remy Molina
FROM: Costa Rica


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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