WBC Champion 2011 – Alejandro Mendez

Congratulations to Alejandro Mendez of El Salvador for wining the WBC. It seems a fitting end to the first WBC to be held in a coffee producing country that it was won for the first time by a barista from a coffee producing country.

Mendez’s performance was great to watch. For his signature drink he made infusions from various parts of the coffee bush to show there’s more to coffee than just the beans. You can still watch his performance here (well done to WBC organisers for adding commentary to the final round – makes it much easier to follow).

Congratulations also to John Gordon, representing the UK, who finished 6th. In an extremely tough competition he can be very proud of his achievement.

World Barista Champion - Alejandro Mendez

Mendez constructing his signature drink