Coffee preliminary competitions continue in a jam-packed weekend featuring competitions in Canton, Ohio; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Washington, D.C.
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Cover photo courtesy of Hala Tree Coffee
This past weekend, August 11 and 12, baristas and brewers from across the country (and across the Pacific!) competed in three preliminary events leading up to the United States Coffee Championships (USCC) national competitions. At these events, baristas and brewers vied for spots in one of two qualifying events—one in December in Denver and one in January in Nashville—to determine who will compete for the title of the country’s best barista and brewer.
We previously covered competitions in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Denver; and Amarillo, Texas. This past weekend, three preliminary events took place: one in Washington, D.C.; a brewers-only competition in Honolulu, Hawaii; and a barista-only competition in Canton, Ohio. Here’s what happened at these events:
1. Cassie Ash—Small Planes, Washington, D.C.
2. Jenna Gotthelf—Counter Culture Coffee, New York City
3. Anthony Ragler—Vigilante Coffee Co., Hyattsville, Md.
4. Hannah Vered—Ogawa Coffee, Boston
5. Topher Ou—Little Collins, New York City
6. Steph Caronna—North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C.
1. Johnny Costa—ReAnimator Coffee, Philadelphia
2. Tito Pena—The Wydown Coffee Bar, Washington, D.C.
3. John Krugler—Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co., Richmond, Va.
4. Matthew Leberman—Independent, Baltimore
We jump from the East Coast all the way to the middle of the Pacific Ocean for our next competition, a Brewers Cup-only showdown hosted by HARC, Hala Tree Coffee, Honolulu Coffee Company, and Pacific Coffee Research.
Muggswigz Coffee teamed up with Arts in Stark and Visit Canton to host a spectator-friendly competition, where baristas competed for spots in the qualifying event while local artists displayed and sold their work to interested guests.
1. Joe Burns
2. Joe Dininger
3. James Blanchard
4. Rachael Diaz
5. Sean Hreha
6. Lindsey Overstreet
(The scoresheet does not include the name of the businesses for which the baristas competed.)
We’ll be back soon with updates from Montgomery, Ala., and Seattle!