Winston Thomas is on the road! The road to Amsterdam and the World Barista Championships 2018!
It seems like only yesterday that our National Champion was on stage in Seoul at his debut WBC. And now there are only a few days left until his next global performance and guess what, he is FIRST in the entire programme! Talk about setting the bar high! Winston is sure to wow the judges who will be fresh and ready to take in all the info in his set.
You can catch it live on the World Barista Championship website. His time slot is 9.15am on Wednesday 20th, there is no time difference between here and Amsterdam, and as he is first there likely won't be any delays, so be glued to your laptops from 9am to make sure you don't miss it!
He's got an amazing coffee, he's feeling good and he is determined make South Africa proud (we're proud already Winston!).
The team section of the competition also makes it really interesting. Winston is part of Team Brew. It's a very strong team and we'll be cheering each of them on. The higher their collective scores, the more chance Winston has of being part of the All Stars program which is a huge deal! Last year Martin Shabaya of Kenya qualified for the semi-finals through this method, making him the first African barista in the semi-finals!
"Up for grabs for the winning team are some great prizes, and the chance to participate in upcoming WCE All-Stars features. Along with these team prizes, the highest ranking team member who has not already qualified for semi-finals will win a spot as the sixteenth WBC semi-finalist."