Three preliminary events took place Sept. 22-24, and we’re covering each one with pictures, highlights, and results. Last but not least: Washington, D.C.!
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
This past weekend, three preliminary events of the United States Coffee Championships (USCC) took place leading up to the Qualifying Competitions and the USCC national competition happening in April 2018. On Tuesday we covered the Denver event, on Wednesday we brought you results from Greenville, S.C., and today we have coverage of the competition hosted in Washington, D.C., by Coffee District.
We covered the previous three preliminary events in Rancho Cucamonga, Seattle, and Portland, Ore., in August and September, and will provide coverage of the last two preliminaries happening this weekend in Louisville, Ky., and Tulsa, Okla. Washington, D.C. was one of the most exciting competitions yet, bringing together far more female competitors than the other events, and crowning Jenna Gotthelf—one of last year’s regional Brewers Cup champions—the winner of the barista competition. In a competition season that’s seen a lot of men take top honors, seeing a majority-female top eight was both encouraging and a somber reminder that there’s still work to do. Here are some of the highlights; a full list of those baristas moving on to the next round is provided at the end.
1. Jenna Gotthelf, Everyman Espresso
2. Dawn Shanks, Peregrine Espresso
3. Amy Trompeter, Ultimo Coffee
4. Bailey Arnold, Gregorys Coffee
5. Diane Contreras, Vigilante Coffee Company
6. Mike Marquard, Blueprint Coffee
7. Lucas Bermejo, Independent
8. Daps Salisbury, Blue Bottle Coffee
1. Cody McGregor, Ultimo Coffee
2. Omar Hossain, Brownsville Roasters
3. Jacob Cordie, Menagerie Coffee
4. Matt Leberman, 3 Bean Coffee