I will not mention blarney

Congratulations, World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey!

Absolutely brilliant barista, and one heckuva nice guy to boot.

Look here, you can even watch his semi-finals performance, as archived by Ustream, and be as blown away as the judges were (only without the added delight of tasting the espresso, unfortunately):

Web TV provided by Ustream

Congratulations, Stephen, and congratulations to all the rest of the competitors! What an excellent weekend for coffee. You all have so much to be proud of!