T. Ben Fischer of Elixr Coffee wins the barista competition; Blair Smith of Augie’s Coffee takes home a win in the Brewers Cup; and other highlights from the very first USCC preliminary competition.
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Photos courtesy of Klatch Coffee unless otherwise noted.
Competition season began in full force this weekend, and we captured some of the most memorable moments of the very first USCC CoffeeChamps Preliminary Competition, held August 25-27 and hosted by Klatch Coffee in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. This competition was the first of eight regional competitions happening all across the United States over the next five weeks (including a competition in Seattle that happened this weekend!) The top eight finishers in the barista competitions and the top four in Brewers Cup will all win an automatic spot in the USCC Qualifying Event to happen later this year. Scroll to the bottom for the complete list of competitors who will move on to the qualifying competition.
While baristas and brewers were battling it out in California, Seattle also hosted a barista competition. Tune in tomorrow for a recap of the highlights and a list of winners from the Seattle baristas competition, hosted by Synesso.