Polaris takes centre stage at Shanghai for the Espresso Italiano Championship!

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On 30 June Shanghai, one of the world’s biggest cities, provided the backdrop for an exciting round of the world championship dedicated to true coffee lovers, the Espresso Italiano Championship, organised by the Italian Espresso National Institute (INEI).

Wega could not miss such an important date, and flew to China, taking with it a squadron of Polaris machines, coffee machines that guarantee a high level of reliability with a distinctive futuristic design.

These coffee machines were put at the disposal of the aspiring champions who, during the competition, prepared four perfect espressos and four perfect cappuccinos for the technical panel and the sensory judging panel, the latter working blind.

The winner of this round was David, aged 21, from the Jiangxi Province, and we took the chance to get to know him a bit better.

Hi David! Tell us about your job.

I’m a Latte Art barista. I’ve been an apprentice barista for many years and I’ve lived in Shanghai for the last three years.

Where did your passion for the job begin?

My passion for the job began about six years ago. I was working in a coffee shop at the time, and I realised that I was really passionate about the job because in addition to making coffee all day at work, I was getting home and spending another four or five hours practising.

Do you often take part in coffee competitions?

Yes, I also took part in the China Barista Championship, which took place in March and April in Chengdu.

What do you like about the Polaris?

I like the fact that it’s user-friendly and very reliable: it always gives an excellent extraction.

What’s your dream?

I love my job so much, my dream is to get to the finals of the Espresso Italiano Championship in Trieste next October. I’d also really like to visit the Wega factory and experience some typical Italian coffee shops.