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Date: 03 Aug 2007 21:41:53
From: Bertie Doe
Subject: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
Well done Jim on winning in Japan 007. Looking at the videos by
http://zacharyzachary.com/ all the finalists' presentations were pretty
outstanding, it seems to be getting tougher each year.

Key to Jim's performance may have been a very short introduction, which
helped pace the rest of the sequence.In fact he was prepping his sig drink,
on the judges table, on the 40 second mark.

This all happened 36 hrs ago, I'm guessing it was close, but has anyone a
link to points scored?

Bertie






 
Date: 04 Aug 2007 08:04:00
From: CoffeeKid
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
On Aug 3, 1:41 pm, "Bertie Doe" <montebrasi...@ntl.com > wrote:

> This all happened 36 hrs ago, I'm guessing it was close, but has anyone a
> link to points scored?

http://www.zacharyzachary.com just posted the full finishing scores.
Here's the top twenty in the prelims, and finals scores:

RANKING NAME COMPANY COUNTRY SCORE
2007 WBC
CHAMPION James Hoffman Square Mile Coffee Roasters Ltd. United Kingdom
703.5
Second Heather Perry Coffee Klatch United States of America 685.00
Third Carl Sara Muffin Break New Zealand 681.50
Fourth Miyuki Miyamae UCC Foods Japan 635.00
Fifth Anna Kaeppeli Switzerland 602.00
Sixth Silvia Magalhaes Octavio Brazil 572.00

ROUND ONE:
RANKING NAME COMPANY COUNTRY SCORE
First Heather Perry Coffee Klatch Roasting United States of America
706.00
Second James Hoffman Square Mile Coffee Roasters Ltd. United Kingdom
681.00
Third Miyuki Miyamae UCC Foods Japan 665.50
Fourth Silvia Magalhaes Octavio Caf=E9 Brazil 614.50
Fifth Anna Kaeppeli Switzerland 608.00
Sixth Carl Sara Muffin Break New Zealand 607.50
Seventh Colter Jones Caffe Artigiano/49th Parallel Roasters Canada
607.00
Eighth Lene Hyldahl Denmark 598.00
Ninth Scott Callaghan Australia 597.00
Tenth Lukasz Jura Coffee Heaven Poland 587.50
Eleventh Goran Huber Free Barista Austria 579.50
Twelfth Costas Pliatsikas News Caf=E9 & Bar Sweden 578.00
Thirteenth Ingibjorg Jona Sigurdardottir Kaffitar
Iceland 575.50
Fourteenth Rose Van Asten Grand Caf=E9 de Blonde Pater The Netherlands
569.50
Fifteenth Peter Deprez Viva Sara Belgium 562.00
Sixteenth Mariano Semino Migebar Sas Italy 561.00
Seventeenth Van Lin Gabee Taiwan 558.00
Eighteenth Jose Miguel Coto Icafe Costa Rica 556.50
Nineteenth Einar Kleppe Holthe Stockfleth's AS Norway 551.00
Twentieth John Muli Makau Nairobi Java House Kenya 541.50

I'd sure like to see the detailed scoring. But I'm betting that won't
happen.

Mark



 
Date: 03 Aug 2007 22:57:35
From: Johnny
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007

"Bertie Doe" <montebrasite4@ntl.com > wrote in message
news:5hhi8mF3kg197U1@mid.individual.net...
> Well done Jim on winning in Japan 007. Looking at the videos by
> http://zacharyzachary.com/ all the finalists' presentations were pretty
> outstanding, it seems to be getting tougher each year.

thanks for posting that :-) great watch.




 
Date: 03 Aug 2007 20:02:47
From: North Sullivan
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
On Fri, 3 Aug 2007 21:41:53 +0100, "Bertie Doe"
<montebrasite4@ntl.com > wrote:

>Well done Jim on winning in Japan 007. Looking at the videos by
>http://zacharyzachary.com/ all the finalists' presentations were pretty
>outstanding, it seems to be getting tougher each year.
>
>Key to Jim's performance may have been a very short introduction, which
>helped pace the rest of the sequence.In fact he was prepping his sig drink,
>on the judges table, on the 40 second mark.
>
>This all happened 36 hrs ago, I'm guessing it was close, but has anyone a
>link to points scored?
>
>Bertie
>

Thanks for posting this. It was quite enjoyable--on many levels.

North Sullivan



 
Date: 04 Aug 2007 00:02:19
From: CoffeeKid
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
Ack - I've written my congrats so much all over the Internets, I
forgot to do so with this post.... Congrats to Jim, very well done!

Huge congratulations to Heather as well. I was there when she competed
in 2003, both in the US and the WBC, and what I saw in the vids from
Tokyo was a world of difference. Her passion for coffee and espresso
was genuine.

And a big congrats to my good friend Carl Sara, who proved once again
that he's one of the best baristas on the planet.

Big shout out to the other competitors, both finalists and national
champions. The bar is raised through the roof.

Mark



 
Date: 03 Aug 2007 16:10:38
From: Marshall
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
On Fri, 3 Aug 2007 21:41:53 +0100, "Bertie Doe"
<montebrasite4@ntl.com > wrote:

>Well done Jim on winning in Japan 007. Looking at the videos by
>http://zacharyzachary.com/ all the finalists' presentations were pretty
>outstanding, it seems to be getting tougher each year.
>
>Key to Jim's performance may have been a very short introduction, which
>helped pace the rest of the sequence.In fact he was prepping his sig drink,
>on the judges table, on the 40 second mark.
>
>This all happened 36 hrs ago, I'm guessing it was close, but has anyone a
>link to points scored?
>
>Bertie

Congrats to James! We should also mention that Heather Perry came in
2nd (best result ever for a US barista) and also won "Best Espresso."
Heather has been giving (free) espresso lessons at the SCAA
Homecomings every year in Long Beach. I hope we can prevail upon her
to do it again some time.

Marshall



  
Date: 04 Aug 2007 18:46:41
From: jim schulman
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
On Fri, 03 Aug 2007 16:10:38 -0700, Marshall
<mrfuss@ihatespamearthlink.net > wrote:

>Congrats to James! We should also mention that Heather Perry came in
>2nd (best result ever for a US barista) and also won "Best Espresso."
>Heather has been giving (free) espresso lessons at the SCAA
>Homecomings every year in Long Beach. I hope we can prevail upon her
>to do it again some time.

But you can actually see her on the WBC video. At the hoimecomings,
she moves so fast, she's just a sort of blur from which a lecture on
espresso making issues. The homecoming has some amazing speakers, but
she is always the star attraction.


  
Date: 04 Aug 2007 09:30:45
From: Bertie Doe
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
"CoffeeKid" wrote in message > On Aug 3, 1:41 pm, "Bertie Doe" > wrote:
>> Well done Jim on winning in Japan 007. <snip>
>>but has anyone a link to points scored?
>>
>> Bertie
>
> Word is, range between 1 and 2 was not huge, but sizable. Difference
> between Heather and Carl for 2nd and 3rd was something like 5pts.
>
> One day, these scores will be released as soon as the prelims are
> over. Detailed scores, not just the final score tally.
>
> Then one day, they'll be live, right after the competitor ends their
> round.
>
> But then again, probably not to both.
>
> There seems to be some unspoken fear about publishing the scores. And
> it's not the competing baristas who fear it - they want it!
>
> I've already heard about some slightly questionable scoring situations
> this year, both in the prelims and finals. But there's no way to know
> if they are true or even issues unless the WBC / SCAA / SCAJ decides
> to release the detailed score sheets.
>
> Mark

Thanks Mark, but I would guess there would be huge disparity in scoring in
the very subjective area of taste. Reminds me of the old adage regarding
Monsooned and Kona - "you can love one and hate the other".

"Marshall" wrote in message >
> Congrats to James! We should also mention that Heather Perry came in
> 2nd (best result ever for a US barista) and also won "Best Espresso."
> Heather has been giving (free) espresso lessons at the SCAA
> Homecomings every year in Long Beach. I hope we can prevail upon her
> to do it again some time.
>
> Marshall

Yep, you could see that in the videos.. Well done all the competitors, in
particular the girls, loads of exhausting work and practice over 12 months.
Not much in prize money, bearing in mind, coffee is the No.2 commodity.
James did win a GS3, it'll be the first one into the UK. He's retiring from
competitions, he's left La Spaziale and is opening a cafe in London. Hats
off to all the entrants and we wish them well for the future.

BD




 
Date: 03 Aug 2007 22:50:18
From: CoffeeKid
Subject: Re: Congratulate James Hoffman WB Champion 2007
On Aug 3, 1:41 pm, "Bertie Doe" <montebrasi...@ntl.com > wrote:
> Well done Jim on winning in Japan 007. Looking at the videos byhttp://zacharyzachary.com/all the finalists' presentations were pretty
> outstanding, it seems to be getting tougher each year.
>
> Key to Jim's performance may have been a very short introduction, which
> helped pace the rest of the sequence.In fact he was prepping his sig drink,
> on the judges table, on the 40 second mark.
>
> This all happened 36 hrs ago, I'm guessing it was close, but has anyone a
> link to points scored?
>
> Bertie

Word is, range between 1 and 2 was not huge, but sizable. Difference
between Heather and Carl for 2nd and 3rd was something like 5pts.

One day, these scores will be released as soon as the prelims are
over. Detailed scores, not just the final score tally.

Then one day, they'll be live, right after the competitor ends their
round.

But then again, probably not to both.

There seems to be some unspoken fear about publishing the scores. And
it's not the competing baristas who fear it - they want it!

I've already heard about some slightly questionable scoring situations
this year, both in the prelims and finals. But there's no way to know
if they are true or even issues unless the WBC / SCAA / SCAJ decides
to release the detailed score sheets.

Mark