Meet the 2023 World Barista Championship Competitors: Part 7

The ultimate coffee championship title will be up for grabs at the 2023 World Barista Championship in Athens, Greece from June 21-24. 48 national champions from various countries will be competing in this event. Barista Magazine has been featuring these champions in an alphabetical series leading up to the competition. The final installment of the series highlights the champions from Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam.

Wokorach Micheal, the champion barista from Uganda, has been participating in competitions for eight years and holds the position of assistant quality manager at Kawacom Uganda Limited. Ruslan Demonenko, the Ukrainian barista champion, is employed at a specialty coffee shop and roastery and is thrilled to participate in the global arena. Mariam Erin, who represented the UAE at the World Brewers Championship in Milan in 2021, is the head of coffee quality and training at Cosmic Garden Coffee Roastery in Dubai. Ian Kissick, the champion from the UK, left his corporate job to pursue a career in specialty coffee and now owns his own coffee company. Isaiah Sheese, the US barista champion, competed for nine years before winning the national championship and is the owner of Archetype Coffee. Lastly, Han Tran, Vietnam’s barista champion, works at Bosgaurus Coffee Roasters and enjoys the challenge of competing.

Best wishes to the 48 National Barista Champions who will participate in the 2023 World Barista Championship! The latest edition of Barista Magazine for June and July 2023, which features Martin Shabaya from Kenya on the cover, is now accessible. Readers can obtain the digital version for free or subscribe to receive their copy of Barista Magazine.

This post was first published at Barista Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to baristas and coffee professionals.