As the World Barista Championship of 2013  is fast approaching starting next Thursday in Melbourne, Australia, in this week’s coffee trivia let’s look more closely at how the championship works and what kind of barista skills you need to have in order to compete with the best!

The World Barista Championship is the preeminent international coffee competition produced annually. The competition focuses on promoting excellence in coffee, advancing the barista profession, and engaging a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe.

Each year, champions representing more than 50 Nations each prepare 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos, and 4 original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music.

Certified Judges from around the world score each performance and evaluate baristas based on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation. The ever-popular signature beverage allows baristas to stretch their imagination and the judges’ palates to incorporate a wealth of coffee knowledge into an expression of their individual tastes and experiences.

The top 12 competitors from the first round advance to a semifinal round. The top 6 competitors in the semifinal round advance to the finals round, from which one winner is named World Barista Champion!

Watch the baristas’ presentations from the championship final round in 2012 or to find out more about the WCE have a look here.