Colombia 2018

Barista & Farmer, the talent show dedicated to specialty coffee culture is finally getting into full swing: one competition after another, the two opposing teams, team Yukka Yukka, lead by italian coffee lover Nino Conti, and team Six Monkeys, captained by 2011 WBC champion Alejandro Mendez are giving their best everyday to get the upper hand.

The practical challenges, such as the picking competition and the depulping machine test, are strictly connected to the classes promoted by the prestigious Academy of Barista & Farmer, once again directed by Alberto Polojac. And a strictly connection is the one that ties Colombia, the second world producing country of Arabica coffee (and first one for Arabica washed) and Italy, the second importer in Europe – after Germany – of coffee from this Latin America country.

The fourth day of challenges and tests saw the ten top international baristas move toward finca Santa Ana, runned by 21years old Lina Roja, the fourth generation in a family of coffee producers. “I think that her example – said Francesco Sanapo, creator of the talent show – was the real lesson for today. I mean, to witness a fourth generation, a young woman, that establishes herself working the land, a job that is often considered humble.. well, here it can open many doors and provide many opportunities. A rolemodel, positive, for our baristas and a great shared moment.” Once again, the arrival of the baristas in the finca was welcomed by many people and bystanders who wanted to say hello to the contestants and take pictures with them. The picking competition was won by team Six Monkeys: during the morning, the contestants also had the chance to produce sugarcane juice, a typical local drink. The immersion in the colombian culture continued with a ride on a Chiva, the super-colored bus used to move around the tortuous streets of Huila.

The afternoon was again spent in the Academy, with the second part of the class with australian roaster champion Ben Toovey of Genovese Coffee Roaster, which concluded the Sca, Specialty Coffee Association course for the baristas of the school.