On International Coffee Day, Licor 43 reveals its Bartenders & Baristas Challenge finalists

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

01 October 2020

Competitors have to show their creativity pairing Licor 43 and coffee in the annual competition

This year competitors had to enter on their own rather than as a team, due to social distancing, and the competition has gone digital for 2020, with the final set for 23 October.

There were 327 entries in total, from which nine finalists have been chosen.

Entrants had to submit films of themselves making their creations, which were judged by local panels. At the final, the bartenders and baristas will be asked to revise their recipes so they can be evaluated by the global judging panel comprised of cocktail writer Simon Difford, coffee expert Merijn Gijsbers, and coffee educator Timon Kaufmann. 

All the finalists’ films will be shown on Facebook Premiere with an additional winner voted by the public.

The 2020 finalists are:


Gaetan Duerinck

Osteria Bacetto, Belgium


Genilson da Silva Ribeiro

 Bar Garoa, Brazil


Nikita de Graaf

KIET Coffee, Cocktails & more, The Netherlands


Anna Rose Krone

Manuela dtla, USA


Yasmine Delameilleure

Zenia lounge, Spain


Aidan Jordan Tibbins

Kore Bar, European Bartending School


Nicolas Spirgatis

Al Salam, Germany 


Emelie Hjärtström

Glashuset, Sweden


Berenice Morales 

Hotel St Regis, Mexico

‘This year, it was more important than ever to maintain our support to Baristas & Bartenders by running this Competition,’ said Julian Fernandez, global marketing and innovation director of spirits and Licor 43 owner, the Zamora Company.

‘Every year the level of the participants is higher, and the way they pair Licor 43 in Coffee Cocktails is more inspirational and creative.'

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