The US Coffee Championships Qualifying Event got off to a great start yesterday. Competitors in both the US Barista Championship and US Brewers Cup qualifying events are battling for a chance to compete at the national level at the upcoming SCAA Event in Atlanta, GA. Panda, our Marketing & Brand Manager is in Kansas City to cheer on the competitors and give you a behind the scenes look at the world of barista competitions.
Here we have a competitor using The Dragon Brewer at Brewers Cup. For first round of Brewers Cup all competitors brew the same coffee and are judged solely on flavor. If they move on they get to brew their own coffee and present it to the judges.
It’s a barista competition so you know there’s plenty of coffee to go around. We picked up this beautiful macchiato from the BGA Cafe. Shoutout to Kickapoo Coffee for one of the best machs we ever had!
You know we had to cheer on Mae Clark of Seattle’s very own Street Bean Coffee! Baristas only have 10 minutes to craft two espressos, two milk based drinks, and two signature drinks!!!
It’s not all about the coffee. Barista champ Laila Ghambari organized an incredible event called The Coffeewoman. She brought together an all star group of women coffee professionals to discuss their perspectives and experiences navigating their careers in the coffee industry.