The 2018 United States Barista Championship Semifinalist Schedule

Eighteen competitors vie for six spots in the finals of the United States Barista Championship—here’s the schedule.


Photos courtesy of the SCA

The pool of baristas has been whittled down from 24 in the first round to six; they will join 12 others who earned a bye in the 2018 United States Coffee Championships. Here’s the schedule for the U.S. Barista Championship semifinals on Saturday:

9:15 – Kay Cheon—Dune Coffee Roasters, Santa Barbara, Calif
9:34 – David Castillo— Joe Coffee, New York, N.Y.
9:53 – Edward Griffin—PTs Coffee Roasters, Kansas City, Mo.
10:12 – Mike Greene—Stovetop Roasters, Holland, Mich.
10:31 – Sam Neely—Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, Colo.
10:50 – Samantha Spillman—Dillanos Coffee Roasters, Seattle
11:20 – Isaiah Sheese—Archetype Coffee, Omaha, Neb.
11:39 – Jared Holt—Black & White Coffee Roasters, Wake Forest, N.C.
11:58 – Reef Bessette—Saint Frank Coffee, San Francisco
12:17 – Simeon Bricker—Splitlog Coffee, Lees Summit, Mo.
12:36 – Jenna Gotthelf—Everyman Espresso, New York, N.Y.
12:55 – Andrea Allen—Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, Ark.
1:25 – Brandon Acuña—Fleet Coffee, Austin, Texas
1:44 – Eli Ramirez—Counter Culture Coffee, Dallas
2:03 – Joel Bigelow—Messenger Coffee, Kansas City, M.O.
2:22 – Cole McBride–Independent, Seattle, Wash.
2:41 – Naida Lindberg—Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, Calif.
3:00 – T. Ben Fischer—Elixr Coffee Roasters, Philadelphia

Stay tuned for the top six results!

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