It’s Barista Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway!

Welcome to Barista Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway!

Hello and welcome everybody! It’s great to see you all here! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Humpday Giveaway, but since our friends at Baratza  wanted to do something special to celebrate, we were quickly onboard. So we’re back with something even bigger and better than a Humpday Giveaway ”it’s Barista Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway, where the prize is straight up amazing, and you have longer to enter, and tell your friends, family, and co-workers to enter, too!

Barista Magazine's 2014 Holiday Giveaway
Consulte our latest issue to find the answer to Barista Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway trivia contest.

Like Humpday Giveaway of old, we’re going to ask you  a trivia question  culled from the pages of  our latest issue (December 2014 + January 2015). You can read it  online for free here. You answer the question in the comments section with your name and country of residence, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to  win a fabulous prize  (and we do mean  FABULOUS!).

Also instead of the prior system, you’re not going to enter on Wednesday. The contest post will go up on  Friday, December 19. And instead of 24 hours to enter, you’re going to have  the whole weekend,  and we’ll announce the winner on  Monday, December 22. You can enter from now through midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, December 21.

So what is the great prize for Barista Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway? It’s a Baratza Encore Grinder! Seriously! The Encore is a great grinder (we have one at Barista Magazine HQ).

Barista Magazine's 2014 Holiday Giveaway
Win this Encore today!

Here’s the description from the website:

The Encore is lauded by coffee experts as THE go-to entry level grinder for those brewing coffee at home.  The Encore gives a great grind for drip/manual brew and also grinds fine enough for espresso.

Featuring 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse, the Encore can please any palate with its gamut of accurate and repeatable grind settings. The Encore has an accurate medium to coarse grind for the increasingly popular manual brew methods such as pour-over, Aeropress, Siphon and Chemex. The specially designed burrs give a precise grind with minimal fines for a flavorful, balanced extraction when making espresso.

And, of course, the Encore is built with the quality Baratza parts you’ve come to trust. The efficient DC motor keeps your beans cool, even during extended grind times, while a combination of electric and gear speed reducers slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensuring a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup.

Beyond a great coffee-drinking experience, the Encore makes for a great coffee-making experience. A convenient, front-mounted pulse button makes it easy to grind on demand into your brew basket. Whether you are looking for an espresso grinder or a grinder to help you explore that extensive range of brew methods, the Encore is a great all around home grinder.

Now here’s the caveat. This grinder can only be shipped to U.S. addresses. So for all of our great international readers, we have a different prize for you (and we will choose two winners, one from the U.S. and one outside of the U.S.). For our international readers, you can win a one-year subscription (or renewal) to Barista Magazine and a Barista Magazine t-shirt.

Holiday Giveaway Rules:

”Answer the trivia question by referencing the    our latest issue (December 2014 + January 2015).  You can read it  online for free here!

”Leave  YOUR ANSWER  plus your  FIRST and LAST NAMES, as well as  YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE, in the blog comments section.  

”Answers may be submitted between  7  a.m. PST on Friday, December 19, 2014, through 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, December 21, 2014.

”The names of those who submitted the correct answer will be entered into a drawing, and  Barista Magazine  will randomly select a  winner, which will be announced on  Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PST  right here on the  Barista Magazine  blog.

Ok, sound good? So now we need a trivia question, and here it is:

Question:  Our Master Q&A featured an interview with barista competition fixture and barista ambassador José Cleofas Arreola from Mexico. He’s attended hundreds of barista championships all over the world, but what was the first competition he attended, what year and where was it held?

Think you know the answer? Then type it into  the comments section  below (and remember you must include  your FIRST  and LAST  NAMES  and  COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE)! And you’ll have a shot at winning  the Holiday Giveaway  prize, the Encore grinder for those of you in the U.S. and a Barista Magazine subscription and t-shirt for those of you outside of U.S.!

Good luck and  thanks for playing  Barista Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway, and special thanks to Baratza for offering such an amazing prize!

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  1. Boston United States Barista Championship/World Barista Championship 2003.

    Savannah Cook, USA

  2. It was USBC and WBC in Boston in 2003.

    Annie C, USA

    Sorry, but I don’t wish to post my last name on a public spot.

  3. His first competition was the United States Barista Championship & the World Barista Championship in 2003 in Boston.

    Annie K, USA

  4. His first competition was the United States Barista Championship & the World Barista Championship in 2003 in Boston.

  5. First competition was in Boston, 2003. He was invited as an emcee for the USBC and WBC.

  6. As described in his interview with Kenneth R. Olsen, Jose Cleofas Arreola attended his first barista competition as an emcee at the United States Barista Championship (USBC) in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003.

    Katie Case
    United States

  7. His first competition to attend was the United States Barista Championship in 2003 in Boston.

    Ash Marie

  8. Twas the night before Christmas (this is untrue).
    It was the first (and arguably still the best) USBC & WBC and the magic kicked off April 26th, 2003 in Boston.

  9. Answer: The first competition he attended was the USBC and the WBC in 2003, and these events were in Boston.

    Name: Nick Brenn
    Location: United States

  10. José Cleofas Arreola’s first competition was in Boston in 2003, where he emcee’d the United State’s Barista Championship.

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