South Korea’s Jooyeon Jeon of Momos Coffee Named World Barista Champion for 2019

Image by Lanny Huang for WCE

Jooyeon Jeon of Momos Coffee in Busan, South Korea was crowned the 2019 World Barista Champion at the World Barista Championship in Boston last week, and China’s Jia Ning Du from M2M Coffee was awarded the World Brewers Cup.

Other finalists from Asia at this year’s championship were Mikael Jasin of Indonesia who placed fourth in the barista rankings, along with Chikako Nakai from Japan and Hsu Shi Yuan who ranked 4th and 5th in the Brewers Finals.

This marks the second time that a woman has won the title. Jeon placed 14th in the 2018 World Barista Championship in Amsterdam.


“I’m so happy right now,” Jooyeon told Global Coffee Report. “Specialty coffee is a very small market in South Korea. Through my role as a champion, I hope to share my love and passion for specialty coffee with my country.”

Writing for Sprudge, Zac Cadwalader described Jeon’s presentation:

For her winning routine, Jeon chose to focus on how carbohydrates, specifically mono- and polysaccharides, affect the flavor balance experienced when drinking coffee. This was going to be a heady, facts-heavy 15 minutes.

And it was, but Jeon’s disarming effervescence brought life to what could otherwise be dry subject matter. There was an intentional informality in Jeon’s performance, from beginning her routine sitting on the table to instructing the judges to do the same to then having the judges relocate for the signature beverage course where they stood around a table, the way you would if you and three friends went out for a coffee together.

2019 World Barista Championship Final Standings

  1. Jooyeon Jeon, Momos Coffee, South Korea
  2. Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, The UnderDog, Greece
  3. Cole Torode, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Canada
  4. Mikael Jasin, Common Grounds Coffee Roaster, Indonesia
  5. Wojtek Bialczak, Five Elephant Coffee, Germany
  6. Mathieu Theis, Mame, Switzerland

2019 World Brewers Finals Standings

  1. Jia Ning Du, M2M Coffee, China
  2. Patrik Rolf, April Coffee Roasters, Sweden
  3. Alessandro Galtieri, Aroma, Italy
  4. Chikako Nakai, UCC Holding Co., LTD, Japan
  5. Hsu Shih Yuan, UCC Coffee Taiwan Co., LTD, Taiwan
  6. Daniel Hofstetter, Switzerland

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