MOSCOW – The world champion barista, American Pete Licata, and the national barista champions of Greece, France, Spain, El Salvador, Turkey and Italy, together with Nuova Simonelli and Soyuz Coffee Roasting are currently starring in Moscow.
They worked at the annual “Spasskaya Tower international military music festival”. In Red Square, in the “Specialty Coffee Show Starring Barista Champions” area, the nine prize-winning baristas prepare tasty coffee with Soyuz Coffee Roasting blends, using Aurelia II espresso machines and Mythos grinders from Nuova Simonelli.
With the evocative background of the Kremlin, the festival, which finishes on Sunday 8 September, is an alternation of concerts and fireworks, as well as cultural performances and music from military bands of different nations.
With their coffee specially prepared using the Aurelia II, all the barista champions involve and astonish a public of thousands of participants, included high-ranking diplomats, celebrities and elite businesspeople. Among the novelties this year is an educational session designed for the baristas that are currently visiting the Festival.
The Barista champions, representing their countries, in Moscow are: – Pete Licata (USA) – 2013 World Barista Champion – Stefanos Domatiotis (Greece) – 2012 World Barista Championship Finalist and 6 times Greek Barista Champion – Javier Garcia (Spain) – 2011 Spanish Barista Champion and finalist World Barista Championship 2011 – Victor Delpierre (France) 2013 World Coffee In Good Spirits Champion – William Hernandez (El Salvador) 2013 El Salvador Barista Champion and finalist World Barista Championship 2013 – Asli Yaman (Turkey) 2013 Turkish Brewers Cup Champion – Chris Loukakis (Greece) – 2011 World Latte Art Champion – Alejandro Mendez (El Salvador) – 2011 World Barista Champion – Francesco Sanapo (Italy) – 2013 Italian Barista Champion