AMSTERDAM – The Team Steam was the winner of the 2018 World Barista Championship Team Competition. The Team Competition, introduced in 2016, puts each competitor on a team with 5-6 competitors from various national bodies for support and camaraderie.
Each of the competitors still give an individual performance on stage, and the ranking of that individual performance contributes to their team’s score.
They also work a shift together on the Team Bar, making coffee for fans and earning additional participation points.
The team with the best average ranking at the end of the preliminary round is the winner, with all of the team members earning the opportunity to participate in a future WBC All-Stars event.
In addition, the team wins an additional placement slot in the semi-finals, which is awarded to the highest-scoring competitor on the team who did not already qualify for semi-finals.
The members of Team Steam were:
Craig Simon – Australia; Deybis Rodriguez – Nicaragua; Zenn Soon – Singapore; Matt Winton – Sweden; Mathieu Theis – Switzerland; Kostiantyn Strelnykov – Ukraine.