The 2017 Cherry Roast Winner

The third-annual Cherry Roast in Denver crowned Abi Forgath of Loyal Coffee the winner after five rounds of tasting and brewing.


Photos by Ashley Rodriguez

Abi Forgath of Loyal Coffee is your 2017 Cherry Roast winner! They beat out over 30 competitors to claim the title, going through five rounds of competition, including an intense triangulation, an impromptu brew down, and a final signature drink round where finalists had to make a drink with coconut whipped cream, gooseberries, and turmeric popcorn.

Below are some of the highlights from the gender-inclusive competition, aimed at making competition accessible for baristas in all aspects of the community. The competition celebrates diversity, inclusion, and having a good time!

The crowd at Cherry Roast, which was held at Commonwealth Coffee.


Jasper Wilde pours in the third round, which tested competitors’ latte art skills.


Former Cherry Roast winner Johanna Hirschboeck of Crema Coffee addresses the crowd shortly before the announcement of the new winner.


The semifinalists before round four.


Abi Forgath is crowned the winner of Cherry Roast!

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