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Kenyan flag flying high at The World Barista Championship in Dublin

written by Winnie Wangui 22nd June 2016
Africa Champion Barista Martin Shabaya, who won the Africa Barista Championship this February is set to present his 15 minute challenge later today (3:40pm) at the World Barista Championship in Dublin, Ireland. Martin, who is the head barista at the Artcaffe Group, will present his own special roasted coffee for an espresso, cappucino and signature coffee drink in the first round this afternoon.
Martin Shabaya
“I walked down the streets of Ballsbridge looking for a place to roast my green coffee and found a small cafe called Silver Skin. The owner Brian, had so much experience and helped me test my coffees and took me home to meet his family for dinner,” he reported.
Martin Shabaya
The Head Barista at Artcaffe Group is representing Kenya and Africa at the much acclaimed World Barista Championship. He has also competed at the International Barista Championships in Seattle, Washington 2015, as well as the 4th Fushan Cup Barista Championships in China 2015.
Martin Shabaya Represents Kenya & Africa At The World Barista Championship

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is the preeminent international coffee competition produced annually by World Coffee Events (WCE). The competition focuses on promoting excellence in coffee, advancing the barista profession, and engaging a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe.

Each year, champions representing more than 50 Nations each prepare 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos, and 4 original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music.

WCE Certified Judges from around the world evaluate each performance on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation. The ever-popular signature beverage allows baristas to stretch their imagination and the judges’ palates to incorporate a wealth of coffee knowledge into an expression of their individual tastes and experiences.

Martin will be going before the judges at 3:40pm this afternoon. Catch the action and root for his win from the live stream on the World Barista Championship website.
 Martin Shabaya

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