He won the National Barista Championship 2024 at the 5th World Coffee Conference
The 5th World Coffee Conference (WCC) 2023 organised by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in collaboration with the Coffee Board of India, in Bengaluru hosted competitions and championships during the 4-day event from September 25-28, 2023 the most coveted of which is the National Barista Championship.
The prestigious competition was designed to recognize the most technically proficient and talented baristas in the field. It is dedicated to promoting excellence throughout the entire coffee value chain, fostering skill development, and cultivating a thriving café culture in India. The winner will represent India in The World Barista Championship to be held in South Korea, and a cash prize was also awarded. Hrishikesh Mohite from Café’ De Meet won the National Barista Championship 2024 at the WCC 2023.
At the Women’s Star Brewer Skills Championship, female barista and home brewers were offered a platform to proudly display their coffee brewing prowess, demonstrating their skills. Participants were allowed to craft a ‘Signature Beverage’ utilizing home brewing equipment. The Women’s Star Brewer Skills Championship is awarded to Priti Pradhan.
The National Latte Art Championship made its debut in India, bringing an exciting blend of artistic expression and barista skill to the forefront. This unique competition challenges baristas with on-the-spot performances that showcase their creativity and precision. From over 150 contestants, Mohammad Afsar was awarded as the champion who will now participate in the International Latte Art Championship in Taiwan.
The Great Indian Filter Coffee Championship is a celebration of traditional Indian coffee craftsmanship, designed to promote and nurture the art of brewing the quintessential Filter Coffee. From 27 participants went head-to-head from which Vani shree N from Brown Bean Artistry is declared the winner.
1758 contestants participated in the ‘Flavour of India – The Fine Cup Award Cupping Competition’ which was on a mission to award the production of high-quality coffees in India. The winner of Best Washed Arabica is awarded to Killo Aswini, Best Arabica Naturals is awarded to Kruthi Coffee, Kindriguda Tribal Farmers Group, Best Washed Robusta is awarded to Jacob Mammen, Badra Estate Balehonnur Estate; Best Robusta Naturals is awarded to Jacob Mammen, Badra Balehonnur Estate.