Colombia 2018

Diego Campos, 28 years old colombian talent, former national barista champion in 2014 and 2016, is the winner of the  fourth edition of Barista & Farmer, the only talent show dedicated to coffee culture, created by Francesco Sanapo, multiawarded barista champion, in collaboration with Italian Exhibition Group and SIGEP, which took place in the Huila department in Colombia.

"It's been the best experience of my life. I believe that this victory represents a better future for my country, and better opportunities for the farmers, ans this is what I want for the future generations. Coffee, hospitality and beautiful people": this is Colombia” said Campos.

The final results of the many challenges of this fourth edition of Barista & Farmer are the following: team Six Monkeys, lead by WBC 2011 world champion Alejandro Mendez, won the picking competition, the trial where baristas have to collect the most and better cherries; team Yukka Yukka, captained by italian coffee lover Nino Conti won the Urnex competition which was about combining machine pieces with the correct cleaning tool; Yukka Yukka was the overall team winner of the show, composed by colombian Diego Campos, russian Vicktoriya Rovenskaya, icelander Vala Stefansdottir, brazilian Daniel Munariand croatian Matija Matijasko. The Sanjuanero dance competition was won by the couple formed by australian Glenn Bailey and russian Vicktoriya Roveskaya. The special picking competition was won by colombian Diego Campos, who was awarded of a special price by Michele Cannone, head of Food Service Marketing of Lavazza.

Francesco Sanapo, who lead the group in each step by encouraging the baristas in every moment, declared: “The overallbalance of this experience is super positive because we raised the bar on every aspect, from the competitions to the production of the talent itself. We are already questioning ourselves on how to make the next edition even better. I didn't expect Diego to win, it's been the first time, in four editions of the show, that the talent was won by the local barista. It's been a special edition, you could easily tell by the closing ceremony where everyone cheered for the winner. I think that he won because he showed himself as a willing spirit, he always set the example: a guy of an endless sweetness who emerged as the leader and charismatic figure of the whole group. And he picked a lot, he always had great results in those competitions. For the next edition of Barista & Farmer we already received applications from several countries like Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and China. I hope that others will follow them, I will evaluate the final destination with Italian Exhibition Group, Lavazza, Cimbali and all the other partners of this wonderful experience.”