John Gordon, Barista represented New Zealand at the World Barista Championships in Amsterdam and made the finals and came sixth in the world!

To confirm his place with the best in the world Gordon had to compete against the best baristas from 56 countries across the world. After competing in the play-offs against 56 competitors, he was one of 16 semi-finalists and then one of only six baristas to make the finals.

John believes that competing encourages personal growth and knowledge.  He recommends baristas “should put your heart into the competition to show people what you’re passionate about.”