This Sunday, there will be a new world barista champion. Stephen Morrissey of Ireland’s year long reign is up, and now it’s someone else’s turn.
52 countries will be represented in competition Thursday thru to Saturday, with the top 6 competing again on Sunday in the finals.
Let me start by saying I really don’t know anything about most of the competitors. I watched Michael Philips compete at the USBCs a month ago. I hear Carl Sara is a force to be reckone’d with (and has the experience.) I imagine Gwilym Davies (from the UK) will rank pretty high, too, having much access to James Hoffman and all. Besides that, I’m pretty much in the dark.
There is one thing I know though:
There is a barista who has come 3rd once, and 2nd twice on the world stage.
8 months and 1 day ago, he won the Western Regionals here in Vancouver.
4 months and 2 weeks ago, he won the Canadian Nationals in Montreal.
Tomorrow, at 3:43pm in Atlanta, Georgia, (12:43 Vancouver time) he will be competing yet again, representing Canada.
Still don’t know who? I’ll give you a hint.
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Here’s another hint for the visually inclined.
My guess is that he takes the title, once and for all.
I don’t like saying “Good luck”, because I don’t believe in it. The existence of luck implies that hard work, dedication, and passion are not enough. It implies that there is some kind of uncontrollable outside force that governs who wins (or loses).
No one wins competitions at the world level because of luck – would you ever called Michael Jordan lucky?
So, Sammy, if you’re reading this, I will finish by wishing you no luck.
You don’t need it one bit.
I’ll be watching and cheering you on from my laptop screen.
You can watch all the action live, starting tomorrow morning (Thursday), by clicking here.