Big Central Barista Comp and Brewers Cup Winners!

Michelle Foster, who is a regular contributor to Barista Magazine, was at the Big Central Regional Barista Competition this weekend in Kansas City. Besides writing about the event for the April/May issue of our magazine, Michelle sent some photos of the finishers along to share. So here I am, sharing.

South Central Regional Barista Competition top three!
1st: Pete Licata, Parisi Coffee
2nd: Jacque DesMarais, Kaldi’s Coffee
3rd: David Fasman, Kaldi’s Coffee


North Central Regional Brewers Cup Champ Jon Ferguson, Dogwood Coffee (Minneapolis, MN)


North Central Regional Barista Competition top three:
1st: Charlie Habegger, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, Chicago
2nd: Zaida Dedolph, HalfWit Coffee Roasters, Chicago
3rd: Josh Taves, Dogwood Coffee, Minneapolis
South Central Regional Brewers Cup Champ Jonathan Aldrich, Houndstooth Coffee (Austin, TX)


Up next: The Northwest Regional Barista & Brewers Cup Competition, Feb. 1 “3, in Seattle, graciously hosted by Dillanos. Go HERE for a list of the competitors signed up so far. And stay tuned for coverage by yours truly from Seattle starting Feb. 1!


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Sarah Allen (she/her) is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.