blog from the ceo & superbarista of phoenix coffee, home of the best baristas in cleveland, ohio

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Klaus Thomsen, 2006 World Barista Champ

From my point of view as a prep timer, Klaus was one of the easiest competitors to work with. He was respectful and gracious. Focused on his performance, but generous with courtesy nonetheless. Big points in my book for that. His accessories featured natural wood texture and clean, Scandinavian lines, reflective of his Danish culture. Klaus and Matt Riddle both trained with Fritz Storm, a barista trainer from Denmark.

The Danish fans waved flags and cheered loudly during Klaus' performance, adding to the energy and fun. When I spoke with Klaus after his performance, he was still in awe of his win, saying that he didn't think it had really sunk in yet.


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