I am amazed, delighted and still a little in shock.  I made the finals tomorrow.  The running order will be something like:




New Zealand

USA (possibly)

Brazil (possibly – not too sure who is on when after me!)

Thank you to everyone for your support.  It has been amazing, I hope to do you all proud.  Looking forward to it a lot, and extra huge thanks to all the baristas who have been incredibly supportive and friendly.  It is an honour.

A little shopping and prepping tonight and hopefully some sleep and let’s see what tomorrow brings…..

(I still don’t quite believe it!)

92 Comments Finals!

  1. Colin Loh

    Congratulations on winning WBC yet again!

    Gethumbwini Peaberry is my favourite too. I’ve been waiting forever for SM to have stock. My 10 pound order just came in.

  2. Simon

    I have been quietly reading and learning from your blog for the last year and I think it is fair to say that you well deserve the win for the love and passion that you put into the culture. And of course the fact that you are clearly an awesome barista!

  3. Robert Csar


    You were an inspiration yesterday! Your relaxed professionalism was absolutely charming and unforgettable. Heaps of congratulations for you, and of course your coach Stephen!

    All the best, barista of the year.

    Robert + Amber

  4. BazBean

    I am Over the MOON !!
    Passion allways shines……..
    I have sat here for 10 minutes thinking what to write ???
    cant say any more than you Really really deserve this…
    proof that nice guys DO win things.

  5. Trevor Hyam

    WOW!! I’ve just read the news and seen the video – well done James!!!

    A really superb performance – you did so much, so well, yet with an impression of effortlessness … class(!)
    Loved the sig drink (and the glasses for it).


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  7. Cindy Chang

    It was great to see you win. I won’t feel any guilt about the power for your hot plates anymore. Next time, let me know when you want coffee before you have to find it off the floor.

  8. Vibeke

    Congratulations! (tried sending an sms, but I guess you won’t get it over there.. :o)) Lots of love from all of us here in Trondheim!

  9. Olings

    They say this years championship was full of great baristas and the level was extremely high. And you are the best of them all!!! Congratulations! This truly underlines how good you are at what you do. Well deserved! What a great year for you and Anette!


  10. JavaJ

    Congratulations! It’s wierd, I hardly know you, but I had a premonition you were going to win! Couldn’t happen to a better guy! Well deserved win.

  11. Raj Beadle

    James deserves every bit of his success. I am proud to to have been part of his entry into the coffee world when James joined us four or so years ago to manage our concession in Oxford Street. He was one of our pioneers in our Gaggia Caffe Academie and has always kept in touch even after he left to join the competition. I recently had lunch with James and we caught up on old times. He always asked searching questions and spent hours reasearching and practicing. I am very honoured to be associated with James and look forward to seeing his successes in the future. I wish all the very best.

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