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Vladimir Nenashev of Mosaic Coffee in Russia wins 2018 World Coffee Roasting Championship

Vladimir Nenashev of Mosaic Coffee in Russia has won the 2018 World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC), held at Sigep in Rimini, Italy, from 19 to 23 January.

Yoshiyuki Nakamura of Mamepolepole in Japan placed second, and Veda Viraswami of Le Café Alain Ducasse in France placed third.

“I started roasting five years ago and just loved it,” Vladimir’s translator told WCRC presenters.

“I want to thank my friends, relatives and more over my girlfriend who has helped me more [than anyone else].”

The  WCRC is a three-stage event, where competitors are evaluated on their performance evaluating the quality of green coffee, developing a roasting profile that best accentuates the desirable characteristics of that coffee, and on the ultimate cup quality of coffees roasted.

All competitors roasted the same green coffee, and used the same equipment, including Cropster software and Giesen roasters.

The 2018 WCRC was delayed to January 2019 after plans to hold the competition in Dubai at GulfHost in September 2018 were cancelled. The 2019 WCRC is slated to take place near the end of the year.

For more information, visit www.worldcoffeeevents.org

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