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Vladimir Nenashev from Russia wins the World Coffee Roasting Championship

RIMINI, Italy — The 2018 World Coffee Roasting Championship has been an intense four days of competition, with Vladimir Nenashev of Mosaic Coffee, representing Russian Federation, triumphing as the 2018 World Coffee Roasting Champion.

The Japanese champion Yoshiyuki Nakamura of Mamepolepole came at second place while third place went to Veda Viraswami of Le Café Alain Ducasse in France.

Twenty-three WCRC national champions competed in this year’s event, which took place in conjunction with the Sigep show in Rimini, Italy.

This year’s global competition involved three stages, including pre-roasting and green coffee evaluation, a production roasting stage designed to follow each competitor’s roasting plan, and a sensory evaluation stage, in which a group of calibrated judges performed a “double blind” cupping of the coffees.

Here is the full ranking of the competition