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The Barista League Competitors: Mexico Metropolis Version


The Barista League, the worldwide espresso occasion that mixes competitors and celebration, not too long ago got here to Mexico Metropolis. Right here’s how the night went, as skilled by a volunteer. 


Pictures by Eduardo Lima, courtesy of The Barista League

For a few years, I’ve adopted The Barista League and the well-known occasions they set up all around the world. 

The Barista League occasions are self-described as “a celebration disguised as a espresso competitors,” with nights that embrace “three rounds of untamed challenges, good vibes, loads of drinks, and a DJ.” Getting concerned in certainly one of The Barista League occasions appeared like a beautiful concept.  

That’s why, discovering out that the Mexico Metropolis occasion would happen throughout our keep within the metropolis, Endri and I made a decision we needed to be a part of it. 

Ten volunteers pose together for a photo, all in their black event t shirts.
The volunteers on the Mexico Metropolis occasion.


First, we tried to use as rivals, however there have been far too many purposes and we weren’t chosen. The subsequent transfer was apparent: apply once more, this time as volunteers. 

A few weeks later, our participation as volunteers was confirmed. We have been in! 

Being the one ones within the volunteer group from overseas, with restricted data of Spanish, we have been designated Cleansing Captains, in control of delivering clear cups and caring for all of the costly tools. It appeared much like our every day job on the bar, and we have been positive we wouldn’t have any issues with the duty. 

The Occasion

On March 5, we have been prepared for our first Barista League occasion. On the native occasion corridor Foro Indierocks, we met the opposite volunteers in addition to Ximena Rubio, partnerships supervisor for The Barista League.

Four people pose for the camera by the bar. Two women have long brown hair, two men have mustaches; one wears glasses and a hat.
Over 700 individuals attended the competitors in Mexico Metropolis.

We had a brief briefing and tasted all of the scrumptious coffees obtainable. Then, wearing our new crew T-shirts, all of us volunteers took our positions. Company have been arriving, and the celebration was about to start.  

Endri was stationed on the balcony, by the Toddy and Oatly stands, which served scrumptious cocktails. They wanted a continuing provide of fresh glassware to maintain serving the a whole lot of thirsty patrons.  

Particularly well-liked was the Mexican Negroni served by Holger Lente, the super-friendly director of brand name growth for Toddy, who was taking part in bartender. His cocktail mixture of chilly brew, tequila, and secret elements was so beloved by clients that the stand ran out of drinks a number of instances through the evening. 

I used to be primarily in control of coordinating between the washing of all of the glassware that was going down downstairs and all of the small stands that always wanted cups and glasses.

Enrique and Sebastia?n work the bar in the competition. They wear pink and black jerseys with the word Muñecos and the number 96 on the front.
Enrique Valle (left) and Sebastián Bonelli (proper) have been the individuals behind Soiled Fingers, the evening’s successful group.

A Enormous Turnout

Raymundo, Alexis, Lizeth, Christian, Alonso, Estefany, and Greys (all the opposite great volunteers) took care of every part else, from registration to the merch stand to (of basic significance) establishing the principle stand the place the three rounds of competitions can be held. 

In lower than an hour, the venue was fully crammed. Greater than 700 individuals (solely 300 have been anticipated) confirmed up. This was the most important occasion thus far within the historical past of The Barista League! 

We hardly had time to observe the competitors, with so many surprising company. However, helped by the helpful employees of the venue, all of us managed to maintain up the tempo, and the entire night went easily. 

Shot being pulled into a Barista League print mug under a grouphead.
At The Barista League Mexico Metropolis competitors, 12 groups went face to face.

The Winners

After we lastly received some relaxation, the celebration was virtually over. Fortunately there was nonetheless time to witness the crowning of the Soiled Fingers (Sebastián Bonelli and Enrique Valle) because the successful group. We received to satisfy Luis Enrique The Homosexual Barista, host of the whole night, in particular person. He was a longtime buddy who till then we had solely recognized on-line. 

All in all, the Mexican version of The Barista League was a real celebration, even for us volunteers. 

We had the chance to study extra in regards to the group of a giant espresso occasion, we tasted good espresso and scrumptious cocktails, and we met outdated associates and found new ones. 

It was positively an amazing evening, which we hope to sometime repeat. Subsequent time, maybe as rivals!  


Tanya Nanetti (she/her) is a specialty-coffee barista, a traveler, and a dreamer. When she’s not behind the espresso machine (or visiting some hidden nook of the world), she’s busy writing for Espresso Rebel, a web site about specialty espresso that she’s creating alongside along with her boyfriend. 




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