In early 2015, Seattle played host to one of coffee’s largest events: the World Barista Championship. Competitors from over 50 countries came to perform in front of an international audience of hundreds, with thousands more watching online. The World Barista Championship is a tremendous industry event, with an end goal of finding a Champion to serve as a global ambassador for specialty coffee for the following year.
We sat down with Ben Kaminsky, 2009-2011 US Cup Tasters Champion, to discuss how the WBC influences baristas and the coffee world today
About Ben Kaminsky
Ben Kaminsky started in coffee while attending university in Cambridge, MA in 2006. Highly influenced by the coffee of George Howell and Mocca (later Kaffa, Oslo), at 23 he and a few friends started their own roastery. Two years later, they opened the doors to Barismo coffee.
After leaving his active roll in the company in 2009, he worked for Ritual Coffee Roasters taking the position of Director of Quality Control and Espresso. Since leaving Ritual a year ago, he has been consulting full time on equipment design, training, roasting and sourcing.
Ben also coached Matt Perger to his notable second-place finish at this year’s World Barista Championships. Ben is also 2009, 2010, and 2011 United States Cup Tasters Champion.
Things To Learn From Ben Kaminsky
- How does a barista prepare for a competition?
- What does a winning competition routine look like?
- Is there a specific aspect to the personality of the winning barista?
- Does competition have any merit once you’re back behind the bar?
- What do you see for the future of the WBC?
About Prima Coffee Equipment
Prima Coffee Equipment is a speciality coffee equipment supplier based out of Louisville, Kentucky. From their inception, they have set out to make the best coffee brewing equipment available to the general public. Learn more about Prima Coffee Equipment from prima-coffee.com