Guatemalan barista wins world championship

Guatemala has won bragging rights to being home to the best barista in the world after a grueling four-day competition which pit 54 champion java makers against each other.

Raul Rodas came out on top of the World Barista Championship in Vienna Friday, besting his closest rivals Fabrizio Sensión Ramírez of Mexico who placed second, and Colin Harmon from Ireland who came out in third spot.

Like an action-packed sporting event, the livestreamed broadcast featured running commentary as competitors pressed, steamed and pulled a total of 12 drinks including espressos, cappuccinos and a signature drink.

Here are the winners:

World Barista Championship

1.    Raul Rodas - Guatemala
2.    Fabrizio Sensión Ramírez - Mexico
3.    Colin Harmon - Ireland
4.    Miki Suzuki - Japan
5.    Stefanos Domatiotos - Greece

World Brewers Cup highlights the craft of filter coffee brewing by hand

1.    Matt Perger - Australia
2.    Andy Sprenger - US
3.    Christos Loukakis - Greece

World Cup Tasters awards professional cuppers who demonstrate speed, skill and accuracy in distinguishing the taste differences in specialty coffees.

1.    Cory Andreen - Germany
2.    Tassos Moschopoulous - Greece
3.    Kim Ossenblok - Spain

Watch the live stream broadcast of the final round with Rodas at https://new.livestream.com/worldcoffee/WBC2012finals. Rodas appears at 1:40.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Judge to determine whether to close Lohan driving case
    Judge to determine whether to close Lohan driving case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge will determine Thursday whether Lindsay Lohan has completed her community service in a reckless driving case and can finally put her Los Angeles court troubles behind her. …

  • Police: Steven Tyler not really doing a strawberry farm show

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police have alerted residents of a New Jersey township that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will not be performing at a small pick-your-own strawberry farm. …

  • Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed
    Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer's estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled. …

  • Theater gunman's writings alternate between ramblings, plans
    Theater gunman's writings alternate between ramblings, plans

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial. …

  • Kanye West to perform at Birthday Bash 20 concert in Atlanta
    Kanye West to perform at Birthday Bash 20 concert in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) — Kanye West is bringing his talents to Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concert shows. …

  • Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' puts fresh faces atop Billboard
    Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' puts fresh faces atop Billboard

    In its debut week, the fourth album from the Ohio duo sold 134,000 albums, 68,000 songs and was streamed 9.7 million times, totaling 147,000 units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Twenty One Pilots, which broke out with the 2013 album "Vessel", is a relative unknown compared with other recent chart toppers Mumford & Sons, Josh Groban and David Guetta, all Grammy nominees or winners. According to Billboard, "Vessel" has sold steadily, suggesting the band built up a fan base before …

  • TNT has 7 percent rise in viewers from '14 conference finals

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland's four-game sweep of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference finals averaged 6.8 million viewers on TNT, a 7 percent increase from last season's coverage. …

  • Melissa McCarthy professes love for bruising stunts in 'Spy'
    Melissa McCarthy professes love for bruising stunts in 'Spy'

    Playing an improbable undercover agent, Melissa McCarthy got bruised and beaten up doing the stunts for her new action movie, "Spy," and would gladly take more punishment. "I loved all the action, I loved the challenge." McCarthy's character, CIA analyst Susan Cooper, gets into elaborate stunts and car chases after volunteering to go undercover to expose an arms dealer. It is not the glamorous gig she expects, requiring McCarthy to masquerade as a dowdy woman who loves cats. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …