Andrea Allen, co-owner of Onyx Coffee Lab, placed second in the 2021 World Barista Championship, one of three competitions held during the World Coffee Championships in Milan from Oct. 22-26. Allen was the only representative from the United States in the barista competition, which required contestants to prepare four espressos, four milk drinks, and four original signature drinks “to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music.” According to the World Coffee Championships website, the competition was judged by World Coffee Certified Judges from around the world, and each performance was evaluated on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation. Diego Campos of Columbia was crowned champion.
Elika Liftee, also of Onyx, competed for the United States in the World Brewer’s Cup, finishing third. Japan’s Daiki Hatakeyama took second place, while Switzerland’s Matt Winton took first.
The 2020 World Coffee Championships in Melbourne have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Allen and Liftee both competed in the 2020 United States Coffee Championships, which took place in Costa Mesa, California. Allen won the United States Barista Championship, while Liftee won the United States Brewer’s Cup.