The United States Coffee Championships start on Friday—here’s a complete list of competitors from the barista, brewers, roasting, and cup tasters competitions.
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Arguably one of the most exciting events during this week’s Global Specialty Coffee Expo is the United States Coffee Championships. On Friday, April 20th, baristas, roasters, brewers, and coffee tasters from around the country will compete to be recognized as some of the best in their industry. We’ll be updating you throughout the weekend on the progress of the competition—here’s a list of the baristas, brewers, roasters, and coffee tasters who will compete in the first round of competition.
DAY ONE BARISTA SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, APRIL 20th
9:15 – Mike Green—Stovetop Roasters, Holland, Mich.
9:34 – Steph Caronna—North Carolina Museum of Art, Apex, N.C.
9:53 – Amy Trompeter—Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia, Penn.
10:12 – Erin Tarectecan—Crema Coffee House, Nashville, Tenn.
10:31 – Radames Roldan—Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis, M.O.
10:50 – Tae-Wan Kim—Take Flight, Arcadia, Calif.
11:09 – Macallie Anderson—Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz. Calif.
11:28 – Lizzie Rodrigue—Bluebeard Coffee Roasters, Tacoma, Wash.
11:54 – Dakota Graff—Airship Coffee, Bentoville, Ark.
12:13 – Sam Schaefer—Stovetop Roasters, Ann Arbor, Mich.
12:32 – Chelsea Rae—The Roost, Lawrence, Kansas
12:51 – Bailey Arnold—Gregorys Coffee, New York, N.Y.
1:10 – Shepherd Wadley—Huckleberry Roasters, Denver, Colo.
1:29 – Brandon Acuña—Fleet Coffee, Austin, Texas
1:48 – Sam Brown—Pilcrow Coffee, Milwaukee, Wisc.
2:07 – Joel Bigelow—Messenger Coffee, Kansas City, M.O.
2:32 – David Castillo—Joe Coffee, New York, N.Y.
2:51 – Emily Orendorff—Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Boulder, Colo.
3:10 – Howard Chang—Spacecraft Coffee, Brooklyn, N.Y.
3:29 – Heather McCullough—Novo Coffee, Denver, Colo.
3:48 – Oodie Taliaferro—Independent, Dallas, Texas
4:07 – Jenna Gotthelf—Everyman Espresso, New York, N.Y.
4:26 – Samantha Spillman—Dillanos Coffee Roasters, Seattle, Wash.
4:45 – Dylan Siemens—Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, Ark.
DAY ONE BREWER’S CUP OPEN SERVICE: FRIDAY, APRIL 20th
11:35 – Dylan Siemens—Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, Ark.
11:50 – Jennifer Hwang—Klatch Coffee Roasters, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
12:05 – Sloane Wachob—Novo Coffee, Denver, Colo.
12:20 – Sam Schroeder—Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., Olympia, Wash.
12:35 – Matt Foster—Kaldis Coffee Roasting, St. Louis, M.O.
12:50 – Don Lawrence—Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, Ill.
1:50 – Jason Reed Miller—Mazarine Coffee, San Francisco, Calif.
2:05 – Sebastian Legner—Switchback Coffee Roasters, Denver, Colo.
2:20 – Rebecca Woodard—George Howell, Boston, Mass.
2:35 – Kelly Hill—Temple Coffee Roasters, Sacramento, Calif.
2:50 – Alex Hanson—Spyhouse Coffee, Minneapolis, Minn.
3:05 – Michael White—Independent, Baltimore, M.D.
3:20 – Emmeline Wang—Equator Coffee, San Francisco, Calif.
3:35 – Elika Liftee—Onyx Coffee Roasters, Springdale, Ark.
3:50 – Nick Stevens—West Oak Coffee, Denton, Texas
DAY TWO BREWER’S CUP OPEN SERVICE: SATURDAY, APRIL 21st
11:35 – Samanthan Sun—La Colombe, Brooklyn, N.Y.
11:50 – Jon French—Black Oak Coffee Roasters, Ukiah, Calif.
12:05 – James Spano—Cup to Cup Coffee, Savannah, G.A.
12:20 – Wade Preston—Prevail Coffee Roasters, Montgomery, Ala.
12:35 – Blair Smith—Augie’s Coffee Roasters, Redlands, Calif.
12:50 – Justin Goodhart—Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, Denver, Colo.
1:50 – Cody McGregor—Reanimator Coffee, Philadelphia, Penn.
2:05 – Andy Tan—Equator Coffee, Oakland, Calif.
2:20 – Tyler Duncan—Topeca Coffee, Tulsa, Okla.
2:35 – Jacob White—Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, San Diego, Calif.
2:50 – Kaley Gann—Messenger Coffee, Kansas City, M.O.
3:05 – James Gibbs—Caravela Coffee, Durham, N.C.
ROASTERS COMPETITION FIRST ROUND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, APRIL 21st
9:30 – Mark Michaelson—Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, A.K.
9:38 – Evan Inatome—Elixr Coffee, Philadelphia, Penn.
9:46 – Eric Stone—Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, Charlottesville, V.A.
10:35 – Elliot Reinecke—Steady State Roasting, Carlsbad, Calif.
10:43 – Taylor Gresham—Evocation Coffee Roasters, Amarillo, Texas
10:51 – Ian Picco—Topeca Coffee Roasters, Tulsa, Okla.
1:00 – Andrew Oberholzer—Joe Coffee Co., New York, N.Y.
1:08 – Bevan Cammell—Loyal Coffee, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1:16 – Chris Cross—Cafe Grumpy, Brooklyn, N.Y.
2:05 – Hugh Morretta—La Colombe, Philadelphia, Penn.
2:13 – Evan Schubarth—Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2:21 – Marshall Moore—Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, A.K.
CUP TASTERS SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, APRIl 20th
HEAT 1: 9:30
Miguel Vicuna—Sweet Bloom Coffee, Denver, Colo.
Siobhan Gottlieb—Volcafe Speciality, New York, N.Y.
Zayne Dietterick—Keffa Coffee, Baltimore, M.D.
HEAT 2: 10:15
Charles Lambert—Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Boulder, Colo.
Matt Farewell—Dune Coffee Roasters, Santa Barbara, CA
Christopher Malarick—Joe Coffee Co., New York, NY
HEAT 3: 11:00
Ben Heins—Crop to Cup, Chicago, Ill.
Sam Demisse—Keffa Coffee, Baltimore, M.D.
Katie Britt—Dynamite Coffee, Cape Girardeau, M.O.
HEAT 4: 11:45
Michael Harwood—Ceremony Coffee Roasters, Annapolis, M.D.
Jie Jiang—Andante Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles, Calif.
Austin Amento—Augie’s Coffee Roasters, Calimesa, Calif.
HEAT 5: 12:45
Josh Edens—Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, A.K.
Aaron Lerner—Independent, Manlius, N.Y.
Sarah Lambeth—Congregation Coffee Roasters, New Orleans, Louis.
HEAT 6: 1:20
Jon Ferguson—Arbor Day Foundation, Lincoln, Neb.
Spencer Aidukaits—Peixoto Coffee, Tempe, Ariz.
Luke Stapleton—Rustica, Minneapolis, Minn.
HEAT 7: 2:05
Jon McElroy—Klatch Coffee, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
David Wilson—Coffeebar, Reno, Nev.
Thomas Chandler—Black Oak Coffee Roasters, Ukiah, Calif.
HEAT 8: 2:50
Ken Selby—Visions Espresso, Seattle, Wash.
Marie Hucal—Madcap Coffee Roasters, Grand Rapids, Mich.
HEAT 9: 3:35
Steve Cuevas—Black Oak Coffee Roasters, Ukiah, Calif.
Jennifer Hwang—Klatch Coffee, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.