WCE announces new rules for World Barista Champs 2017 March 14 2017

Exciting changes coming to the World Barista Championship stage in November this year in Seoul. As South Africa gears up for it's National competition in May this year at Hostex 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, the winner will have these changes to look forward to.
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The Coffee Magazine asked Wayne Oberholzer, SA's current Barista Champion what he thinks of the new rules:

"So what do I feel about the rule changes? Excited. Actually pumped to compete.

The table setup I think will allow us to really bring a further integration of the "chefs table" experience. We could find Baristas almost shielding the judges from the coffee making process and engage them more into the experience and joy of the coffee or finding the Flavour. Changing heights will really help someone like myself to get more comfortable at the station. A bonus.

Machines temperature control is something we have always advocated for, the ability to really get the most out of the coffee and compensate for altitude and travel changes. As well as water... wow. Think of the signature drinks!!

Top 15 with a wild card. This really enforces the whole team approach that they are going for, which is amazing to see.

I think the dropping of technical in the Semi-finals and Finals rounds is a problem however. We have seen it play such a big part of deciding the top 3 in our local competitions... but hey, sensory is the name of the game right?

All in all I love it. I need to dive more into it. But I think it's the sort of shift we have been wanting and waiting for."
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Note to Barista Competitors heading to Joburg in May: National competitions will be run with standard layout and temperature rules so this will not effect the competition in May