We actually did it! 18 Grams Barista Mr. Chan Chak Sum had won first place in the 2011 Hong Kong Barista Championship. Congratulations to Mr. Sum Chan and also congratulations to Ms. Yanbi Leung in gainning the 3rd runner up in the competition. A great effort of collaboration of all staff in Glory Coffee and 18 Grams, I can’t say enough how proud I am of our whole team. Preparation is already underway for the World Barista Championship 2012 in Vienna. We are officially sailing in uncharted waters! We will do all we can to support Mr. Sum Chan in entering this contest, this time it is the Hong Kong coffee industry’s reputation on the line, we won’t let you all down.Lastly I want to congratulate all baristas attended and competed in this event and everyone who helped out. The organizer of the event had done a marvelous job this year, we will definitely see everyone again in HKBC 2012! J.S.
The Semi Final for The Hong Kong Barista Championship took place on 20-21st, August 2011 in the Kowloon Convention Centre located in Kowloon Bay. What is so special about the event this year is that this is also the World Barista Championship(WBC) Hong Kong Regional Final. The winner of the Hong Kong Barista Championship will represent Hong Kong as a Barista to compete with other Baristas from different parts of the world in the WBC 2012 in Vienna. It is the first time this year Hong Kong was given a spot to compete with other baristas around the world, it is a real honor to be a part of such event. The WBC championship consists of a session of 15 minute presentation. In the 15 minutes presentation, each Barista would have to prepare three courses of espresso based drinks to the judges. The Barista then would be graded on procedures, consistency, cleanliness and other technical aspects. A lot of pressure is on the Barista as they practice day and night for the competition. Sum finished effortlessly serving his drinks to the judges at exactly 15 minutes. Yanbi initially was a bit nervous, but she picked herself up and gave a solid performance. A job well done for both baristas from the preparation, great setup and excellent execution of the game plan. Great job everyone! Congratulations to both Sum and Yanbi! 18 Grams was lucky enough to have both baristas gone through to the final stage. Big thanks to the whole team behind 18Grams who has given support to gain this result, it is truly a great team effort and a true joy to see these 2 young guy and gal having their efforts paid out. All the sleepless nights had paid out, great job guys! Good luck in the final round of the championship.