Simone Rodriguez of Crema Coffee is the winner of the fourth-annual Cherry Roast competition in Denver.
BY BRITTNEY BALESTRA SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE
Cover photo by Kat Melheim
Earlier this week, competitors from across Colorado came together to compete in the fourth-annual Cherry Roast competition, which took place at Copper Door Coffee in Denver. Simone Rodriguez of Crema Coffee won, beating out dozens of other baristas in four rounds of competition. This is a truly unique year, as the Cherry Roast was opened up to being more inclusive in supporting trans/GNC/gender queer coffee professionals.
Previously a primarily womxn in coffee competition, there has been an uproar of support in aiding these marginalized individuals in their struggles. In addition to being so inclusive, Cherry Roast is focused on creating a comfortable and safe learning and competing atmosphere for everyone involved.
Below are some of the highlights from the competition, which celebrates diversity, inclusion, and having a good time!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brittney Balestra works for Third Space Coffee in Colorado Springs, Colo. She started Colorado Springs’ Womxn in Coffee Award, recognizing the accomplishments of folks in the Colorado Springs coffee community.