Check out http://www.usbaristachampionship.org all day today and cheer on your favorite Barista!
Michael Harwood/Caffe Driade
Trevor Corlett/MadCap Coffee
Dustin Mattson/Octane Coffee
Camilla Ramos/Panther Coffee
Lindsey Kiser/Peregrine Espresso
The Finalist for the SERBC Brewers Cup
Tune in to http://www.usbaristachampionship.org/ for the live stream of the competition.
Stevie Brown/Octane Coffee
Dave Delchamps/Octane Coffee
Jason Dominy/Batdorf & Bronson
We are a little over two weeks into the year and I haven’t posted anything. My bad. I will post more often…starting now.
I’ve been getting ready for NWRBC coming up next Friday in Tacoma. This will be my second time competing and I’m pretty stoked about it. I think Baristas should try it at least once. Regionals are a great opportunity to be in front of your peers, share awesome coffee and create an amazing experience for the judges.
I chose to use Bluebeard Coffee out of Tacoma this year. Kevin Roaster/Owner from Bluebeard visited EP in August and dropped off some of his espresso The Narrows blend. I threw it in the hopper and magic came out. The shot tasted like marzipan and sunshine. From tasting that shot I knew I wanted to use his coffee for competition. I’m so lucky to have them as a coffee sponsor and be able to rep a Tacoma roaster.
Espresso Parts is once again supporting me by covering my entry fees and helping with small-wares costs. I’m fortunate to work for a company that is completely committed to the Barista community and coffee industry.
I know that competing is spendy but there are a few things you can do to cut down on costs. Ask the roaster if they will sponsor you, this can be by selling the coffee to you at a discount or even covering the cost completely. See if your employer will cover any costs you might have be that entry fees or small-wares. Don’t forget BGA members are a great source of knowledge when it comes to competing and anything coffee. There are a lot of people that want to help all you have to do is ask.
Alright, I gotta go play in the snow with my doggy.
Here they are the finalists for the brewers cup:
1) ANDY SPRINGER
2) MIKE CANNON
3) ERIN MCCARTHY
4) STACY WICK??
5) JARED GUM
6) BEN KAMINSKI
Our very own Olympia Barista’s Michael Cannon and Jared Gum have killed it today at the US Brewers Cup in Houston! I am so proud that these Baristas have made it to finals! I have had the pleasure of calling both of these people co-workers, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the title. Gum and Cannon have both shown that they are talented and savvy enough to take this title home. As we await for the winner we can only be proud that two people from Olympia are putting our coffee culture on the map!