The 11th World Barista Championship, the Hainan heat of the national competition kicked off in Haikou on Jan. 19.

The 3-day competition has attracted 22 baristas. They are required to make 3 different types of coffee within 15 minutes in accordance with the rules of the World Barista Championship, then 7 judges will taste and score their efforts, with the winner and runner-up going on to take part in the national competition final representing Hainan.

Hainan has already had some nationally-known coffee brands including Fu Shan, Xing Long and Hou Chen, and there are more than 2000 coffee shops and nearly 3000 qualified baristas. The growth rate of the coffee industry has remained at around 20% for many years in Hainan. 

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