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I’m not even going to attempt any French after having been told on the Friday of the show that my pronunciation makes it sound like I’m a cartoon character.

World of Coffee is over for another year. A brilliantly run show (Well done Eventhaus and to all in the SCAE) that saw more than 2,500 people pass through the doors and onto the floor. Along with the usual exhibition area the Latte Art, Cupping, Coffee in Good Spirits and World Roasting championships all happened in the palais des expositions and all went brilliantly. The winners are below with thanks to Sprudge:

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In the above picture, the inimitable Alf Kramer toasts (with coffee cupping bowls) to Lajos Horvath of Hungary, the new World Cup Tasters Champion. It was a wild day of coffee competitions here in Nice, France, concluding with the crowning of four brand new world champions. Here, in no particular order, are your new global champs.

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Naoki Goto of Japan, the first-ever World Coffee Roasting Champion! Mr. Goto competes on behalf of his own Tokado Coffee, based in Fukuoka. He is a licensed Q Grader, SCAJ “Coffee Meister”, and JCQA Chief Instructor In Coffee.

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Lajos Horvath of Hungary, your new World Cup Tasters Champion! Mr. Horvath is the co-owner of Casino Mocca Micro Roastery in Budapest. He’s a three-time Cup Tasters national champion, and first-time winner.

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Your 2013 World Coffee In Good Spirits Champion is Victor Delpierre of France! Read our  profile on Victor Delpierre here – we spent some quality time with him in Milan a few months back for the Dalla Corte DC Campus. Just 26 years old, Mr. Delpierre is a veteran of multiple Michellin-starred restaurants in Paris.

His victory comes on behalf of Cafes Richard, also based in Paris. 2013 is the first time France has fielded a Coffee In Good Spirits champion, and now he’s won the whole thing, and on home soil no less! Certainly one of the emotional highlights of WOC Nice week.

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Hisako Yoshikawa of Japan is your 2013 World Latte Art Champion! Ms. Yoshikawa is pictures here next to Risa Sasaki (at right), who placed 2nd in the 2013 World Cup Tasters Championship. Hisako Yohsikawa represents Ogawa Coffee in Kyoto, and her win rounds out a remarkable weekend for Japanese competitors at WOC Nice.

We met all the usual suspects, threw a huge party and you can see the pictures here and talk to us on Twitter about the show here.

So, some thanks before we go.

  • Huge thanks to Tim Wendelboe and Cafe Richard for our coffee for the week.
  • Many thanks to Chloe from Bespoke Water for keeping us alive with her fantastic water.
  • To Pete Williams and John Gordon for being living legends and the kings of the brew bar.
  • To Denise, Jonny, Neil et al. from the SCAE for their massive support.
  • To all at Eventhaus. We can’t tell you how much more difficult these events would be without these guys.

We’re probably missing quite a few but to everyone who helped out in any way: Many, many thanks.