Austin Coffee Champs Event Amazes

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.

Austin 2017 US Coffee Championship Qualifier
Event host Mike McKim of Cuvee Coffee thanks the audience for an outstanding weekend.


Austin 2017 US Coffee Championship Qualifier
From left: Anna snuggles 2013 WBC Champ Pete Licata’s baby, Zoey, whom he and his wife, Masha (far right), welcomed in December. Gianni brings the gang together.


Austin 2017 US Coffee Championship Qualifier
The top 10 in Cup Tasters cheer for Jon Allen, far left at end, who won the competition.


Austin 2017 US Coffee Championship Qualifier
The Department of Brewology sold out of their beautiful “Filter Coffee Not People” T-shirts.


Austin 2017 US Coffee Championship Qualifier
The top six from the barista competition, pictured, will automatically advance to the semifinal round of the U.S. Barista Championship.


Austin 2017 US Coffee Championship Qualifier
The top 15 in the barista competition gather for photos.


Josh Taves from Novo Coffee in Colorado dazzles his judges in the barista competition.


The Barista Guilds of Europe and America come together in the form of Isa, who runs the guilds in Europe, and Mansi from the United States.


Josh keeps his energy up by chugging some Pacific Barista Series soy.
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