Congratulations to South Korea’s Jooyeon Jeon for becoming the 2019 World Barista Champion. The competition took place last weekend during the Speciality Coffee Expo. She becomes only the second woman to win the crown in the 20-year history of the competition. The first woman to win the World Barista Championship was Poland’s Agnieszka Rojewska, when she took home the crown last year, reports Global Coffee Report. Jeon beat out five men in the final round to take home the coveted title. Here are the final round rankings.
- Jooyeon Jeon – SOUTH KOREA
- Michalis Dimitrakopoulos – GREECE
- Cole Torode – CANADA
- Mikael Jasin – INDONESIA
- Wojtek Bialczak – GERMANY
- Mathieu Theis – SWITZERLAND
The crowd burst into cheers at the Boston Convention Center when the judges declared Jooyeon Jeon the World Barista Champion. Her winning routine captivated the judges with her knowledge of coffee and the way she extracted the most flavor out of the beans.
“I’m so happy right now,” Jooyeon told the Global Coffee Report. “Specialty coffee is a very small market in South Korea. Through my role as a champion, I hope to share my love and passion for specialty coffee with my country.”
Jooyeon Jeon wasn’t the only Asian woman to take home a prize this weekend. Thousands of coffee nerds gathered from all over the world to take part in the Specialty Coffee Expo. During the expo another competition took place. The World Brewer’s Cup was up for grabs and China’s Jia Ning Du took home first place.
She practices her brewing skills at her Uni Uni Coffee shop in China.
“I’m so overwhelmed right now but at the same time my mind is so blank,” Jia told Global Coffee Report. “I’m feeling so many different emotions.
“I honestly thought I’d never have the opportunity to represent my country on the world stage. It means a lot to China’s coffee industry. It’s the first time a Chinese barista has completed in this category, got into the final, and won.”