World Coffee Events (WCE) announced the 2014 World Latte Art Champion, 2014 World Cup Tasters Champion and 2014 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) in Melbourne, Australia.
The 2014 World Latte Art Champion is Christian Ullrich from Germany. Announced on the same stage, the 2014 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion is Matthew Perger from Australia. And, the 2014 World Cup Tasters Champion is Pang-Yu Liu from Taiwan.
Scroll to 16:02m for the pivotal announcements of first place for both comps!
A total of 31 National Latte Art Champions and 15 National Coffee in Good Spirits Champions competed in the 10th World Latte Art and World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships. 35 Cup Tasters Champions competed in the 11th World Cup Tasters Championship.
All 3 Championships took place over four days at Melbourne Showgrounds as part of MICE, Australia's largest coffee event. Over 10,000 coffee fans from Australia and around the globe attended the event, and over 11,500 viewers streamed the competitions live online.
World Latte Art Championship
Champion: Christian Ullrich, Germany
2nd: Chiara Bergonzi, Italy
3rd: Edit Juhasz, Hungary
4th: Rie Moustakas, Australia
5th: Seijivus Matiejunas, Ireland
6th: Ryan Tan, Singapore
The World Latte Art Champion was awarded a trip to the World of Coffee in Rimini, Italy, and trip to Sumatra for DC Campus by Dalla Corte. They also won a Mahlkoenig Vario Grinder and a trip to China courtesy of Jas Bleu Coffee Expert.
How cool is this? - World Champ Christian Ulrich with some nervous members of the audience!
World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship
Champion: Matthew Perger, Australia
2nd: Martin Hudák, Slovakia
3rd: George Koustoumpardis, Greece
4th: Madeleine Solheim Johnsen, Norway
5th: Young Jin Kim, South Korea
6th: Francesco Corona, Italy
The World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion was also awarded a trip to the World of Coffee in Rimini, Italy, and trip to Sumatra for DC Campus by Dalla Corte. They won a Breville "The Boss" Blender, liqueur from Grand Marnier, Mahlkoenig Vario Grinder and a trip to China courtesy of Jas Bleu Coffee Expert.
World Cup Tasters Championship:
Champion: Pang-Yu Liu, Taiwan
2nd: Amanda Juris, United States
3rd: Panu Reinikainen, Finland
4th: Yoeri Joosten, The Netherlands
The World Cup Tasters Champion was awarded a trip to Panama to visit coffee origin with Toby's Estate. They also won a Mahlkoenig Vario Grinder.
To see the complete awards ceremony or to view competitor presentations at each of the World Championships, please visit http://new.livestream.com/worldcoffee/
For more information visit: www.worldcoffeeevents.org or join in the conversation on Twitter @WCoffeeEvents using the hashtag #WCTC2014 #WLAC2014 and #WCIGS2014.