On 18 May 2019, the international coffee scene met at the Alpenbarista on the Zugspitze mountain to witness the very best in barista craftsmanship.
In difficult conditions at an altitude of 2,962 metres, 15 baristi from nine countries battled it out in a fiercely fought contest. The result was an exclusive event with an exciting supporting programme, from Barista TV talks to coffee & food pairings.
“At some point, coffee stops being just a passion and becomes a part of your life.”
Originally started off as a barista at a railway station, then became the owner of a café before finally becoming a barista trainer.
World Barista Champion 2018
1st place Polish Barista Championship 2015/16/18
1st place Polish Latte Art Championship 2014/16/17/18
1st place London Coffee Masters 2018
2nd place Polish Brewers Cup 2017
2nd place Coffee in Good Spirits Championship 2018
5th place World Latte Art Championship 2017
Football, music, Netflix
“My dream is to teach baristi and consumers how to drink and prepare good coffee, and that we need to respect the work of coffee producers and farmers.”
Andrea Cremone started working six years ago at Café Tazze Pazze. Opened by his family, it is the first speciality café in Genoa. Together with his brothers, he also owns a plantation called Finca Rio Colorado in Honduras for growing speciality coffee. His experience in competitions, events and the coffee plantation helped him to become a Q Grader and authorized SCA trainer.
Italian Brewers Cup finalist
3rd place Italian Cup Tasting Championship 2010
Finding the best restaurants, tasting the best street food and drinking the best wine and cocktails — in every country he visits
“Share your passion and make a difference!”
In the coffee business since 2013 at La Cultura del Caffe. Director of the MUMAC Academy in Austria since 2015, where he holds coffee courses and barista training for all kinds of groups. Has taken part in championship competitions since 2013.
Austrian Latte Art Champion 2014/16/17
International & Tyrol Latte Art Champion 2016
Café owner of the year 2016/17 (Cafetier des Jahres 2016/17)
The many sides of coffee; ice hockey
"Yes, please go ahead and drink your cappuccino. The milk-foam motif doesn’t get any better if you wait..."
Coffee roaster and barista at Schamong (Cologne)
International & Tyrol Latte Art Champion 2018
German Latte Art Champion 2018
Runner-up German Latte Art Championship 2019
Espresso Italiano Champion Germany 2017
2nd place Dallmayr Barista Jam, Bremen
3rd place Dallmayr Barista Jam, Lugano, and many more
With two children and a full-time job as roaster and barista, there isn’t much time for hobbies. Fortunately, he has turned his passion into his profession. He also likes fishing (he just never gets around to doing it!)
“Turn your passion and hobby into your career.”
Founder & owner of coffeekult (since 2007)
Tyrol Barista Champion 2009/10
Tyrol Latte Art Champion 2010
Austrian Barista Champion 2011
Austrian Cezve/Ibrik Champion 2012
Guinness world record for the most cappuccinos made in one hour
Coffee, football, mountain biking
“With coffee you can show your guests so much emotion and passion. It’s a little bit of happiness, every day.”
Has been working with coffee for almost 10 years. His expertise helped him to become Head of Coffee at Rösttrommel in Nuremberg.
Runner-up German Championship 2014
Top 20 World Latte Art Championship, Shanghai 2018
1st place Dallmayr Barista Jam, Munich
Photography, mountain biking
“On a scale of 1 to 10, my passion for coffee is 30.”
Carasso Café in Geneva, and before that restaurant manager at “Le Floris” (two Michelin stars) and at L’Adresse 13/20 Gault & Millau.
Swiss Latte Art Champion 2019
2nd place Dallmayr Barista Jam, Lugano, 2018
Semi-final French Latte Art Championship 2018
4th place Swiss Latte Art Championship 2017
Family (two children), rugby
“Ultimately lets be real, coffee is just a nice drink. What makes it significant and worth our time is how in every cup there is the effort of a group of people spread around the world trying their best to elevate something common into something special. That really in every great cup of coffee there is an expression of deep care from hundreds of people and that is why its important.”
Head of Coffee at Kiss the Hippo café, before that Origin Coffee Roasters (UK), Ninety Plus (Canada), Veneziano (Australia)
1st place UK Barista Competition 2018
1st place UK Coffee in Good Spirits Competition 2017
1st place UK Barista Competition 2016
1st place Canadian Brewers Cup 2013
2nd & 3rd place UK Barista Competition 2017
2nd place UK Brewers Cup 2015
3rd place World Brewers Cup 2013
3rd place Italian Barista Competition 2018
3rd place Australia Brewers Cup 2012
Playing music, cycling, yoga, RuPauls Drag Race Fantasy League
“For me, latte art is a door opener for people who know little or nothing about the speciality coffee scene.”
Has been working at Drilling in Hamburg, Germany, since December 2018. Drilling is a café, bar and distillery which in future will make a variety of spirits. It all started seven years ago with his apprenticeship at the 25hours Hotel HafenCity, where he received a short introduction on how to use a portafilter. His passion is latte art — above all because he’s also an artist in his free time.
German Latte Art Champion 2019
1st place Dallmayr City Barista, Freiburg
Three-time participant at the German Championship
Two-time participant at the International & Tyrol Latte Art Championship
“More than anything else, I associate coffee with being together with fantastic people who all share the same passion.”
Has been in the coffee business for six years, is a freelance event-barista and coffee caterer. It all started in a small local café, before moving on to the Double Eye coffee shop in Berlin and the Kaffeekirsche.
1st place Dallmayr Barista Jam, Lugano, 2018
2nd place International & Tyrol Latte Art Championship 2018
2nd place German Latte Art Championship 2018
2nd place Latte Art Throwdown Frankfurt 2017
Alongside her work with coffee, she is studying Sustainable Management, spends a lot of time with friends and family, likes working on her vintage car and enjoys cooking to loud music.
“Work hard, stay humble, be kind.”
Barista and co-owner at The Rabbit Punch. After studying economics at the American College of Greece, he realized that he actually wasn’t that interested in the subject. He has now been working as a barista for eight years. The most exciting thing for him is how something as small as a coffee bean can generate so many different feelings and emotions.
Greek Barista Champion 2018
4th place at the World Barista Championship 2018
His whole life revolves around coffee, watching films, reading books, listening to music, travelling and getting to know new cultures, and watching football (his favourite team is AEK Athens, his second love alongside coffee).
“It’s coffee, not rocket science.”
Head barista and roaster at the Röststätte, barista trainer and event-barista at trade fairs with Victoria Arduino.
3rd place German Barista Championship 2019
1st place German Barista Championship 2018
2nd place International & Tyrol Championship 2017
2nd place German Barista Championship 2016
Bouldering, drawing, entertaining people
“Coffee is the most captivating beverage on the planet, from seed to cup it brings people together.”
Owner and founder of Black & White Coffee Roasters and licensed Q Grader.
United States Barista Champion 2017
Finalist World Barista Championship 2017
Discgolf, golf, spending time with friends
“Life is a combination of magic and coffee! It is my inspiration to be creative. I found my destiny by coffee.”
Coffee posts: Blasercafé (2015), Supremokaffee (2016) and Home Barista Shop (2017)
Swiss Latte Art Champion 2017/18
International & Tyrol Barista / Latte Art Champion 2016/17
2nd place Dallmayr Barista Jam
“Even though coffee is our passion, the guest should be in the foreground. His smile on the face after the first sip is the greatest reward.”
After his engineering studies, he turned his passion into career. He enjoyed his first specialty coffee in 2015, started working as a barista at Heimathaven Oldenburg in 2016, helped raising Yellow Bird Coffee in Bremen as a head barista and since 2017 he shares his coffee knowledge with private persons as well as restaurants on behalf of the coffee school Bremen.
Participant Dallmayr City Barista, Freiburg
Coach of Aylin Ölcer for the German Barista Championship 2018
Playing with his children, leisure gardener and, in particular, experimenting with coffee