The second qualifying event for the national championships was a blast in Austin this weekend.
The greater specialty-coffee community was stoked to travel to Austin, Texas, for the U.S. Coffee Champs qualifying event, and the city—and local coffee scene—did not disappoint.
The two-day qualifying event took place February 11-12, and attracted hundreds of competitors who all hoped to qualify to compete in the U.S. Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters Championship, and Roasters Championship, all of which will be held at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle in mid-April.
The festival-like atmosphere provided a perfect backdrop for fun and education, as well as plenty of nail-biting competition excitement. Local specialty-coffee leader Cuvee Coffee generously hosted the event at the Palmer Events Center.
In case you missed it, here are some snapshots from this weekend of coffee, community, and competition excellence.