Thanks KK, yes Pete Licata from the US is officially the new World Barista Champ 2013, closely followed by Matt Perger [not Purger]... it was a great competition and in fact for the US, makes it a unique double, as Erin McCarthy from the US won the World Brewer's Cup 2013 [results were announced a little before the Barista Champs].
It was a great event, and credit to all the finalists as there were some amazing performances. Did Matt P. miss out because of the unique nature of his signature drink [asking for judges' involvement]? We will never know for sure.
What is certain is that it's a real 'coming of age' for coffee in the US, which many of us have perhaps viewed as quite 'behind' when it comes to specialty coffee...
Once again, a great event and congrats to all the competitors, especially those from countries where English is not their first language, as that surely must make for an extra barrier.
PS have a huge range of shots from the event [especially semis...] will try and work out the best way to make them easily accessible.