World's best baristas for 2016 revealed

The World Barista Championship took place in Ireland from June 22 to 25

The World Barista Championship is in its 17th year.
The World Barista Championship is in its 17th year.

The World Barista Championship, now in its 17th year, came to an end this week, after four days of competition at the World Of Coffee Show in Dublin, Ireland.

Taiwanese national Berg Wu emerged victorious as the 2016 World Barista Champion, seeing off competition from 60 other entrants who had battled through local and regional preliminary events, and were the National Champions from their home countries, to win their place in the global contest. 

Second place went to Yoshikazu Iwase from Japan, third place was won by Ben Put of Canada, fourth place went to Lem Butler from the US, fifth place was won by French national Charlotte Malaval, and sixth place was awarded to Lex Wenneker from The Netherlands.

Also at the event, Um Paul of South Korea and Michalis Dimitrakopoulos of Greece were named the 2016 World Latte Art Champion and World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion, respectively.

The World Cup Tasters Championship final was won by Gabriel Céspedes of Costa Rica for a second year in a row and The World Coffee Roasting Championship was awarded to Alexandru Niculae from Romania.

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