The countdown to the World Barista Championships in Vienna has begun

In just three days, the 2012 World Barista Championships will begin at the Specialty Coffee Association’s World of Coffee Event, to be held at Vienna's Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center from June 12-15. The World Brewers Cup and World Cup Tasting Championship will also be contested during the event, which promises to be a massive gathering of the best and brightest of the global coffee industry. Competitors from 53 countries will battle it out to be crowned the world’s best barista, an accolade that has changed lives and launched careers. Whose turn will it be this year?