The Barista League USA Touches Down at Ally Coffee in Greenville, S.C.

Making its Southeast debut in Greenville, S.C., Thursday night, The Barista League USA Tour continues to dazzle!

The last three teams standing wait nervously for the winners’ announcement!
After delighting the coffee communities in the Northwest (Portland, Ore., on August 30) and Midwest (Kansas City, Mo., on September 1), The Barista League USA was primed to sparkle in Greenville, S.C., where it put out a third amazing tour date on the Scandinavian team barista competition’s four-city U.S. tour.
Ally Coffee in Greenville was an incredible space for an amazing event.
The event, which drew attendees from more than 10 states, was hosted at coffee importer Ally Coffee’s gorgeous new facility, which includes a long, natural wood espresso bar. Twelve teams consisting of two baristas each descended on the bar behind the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle and the Dalla Corte dc Pro for the first of three rounds: Barista Skills, wherein they were required to prepare espressos  and cappuccinos with Onyx Coffee Lab (official coffee sponsor) and Pacific Barista Series (official plant-based beverage sponsor) for three judges: 2017 United States Barista Champ Kyle Ramage; Ally Coffee’s Anderson Stockdale; and Onyx’s Bear Soliven.
Steve from The Barista League (right) explains the mechanics of Round Two: Sensory Skills.
Round Two has been an obsessive challenge for American teams along The Barista League USA Tour: The title is Sensory Skills, and it presents teams with a variety of liquid samples of taste profiles represented on the Specialty Coffee Association flavor wheel. The catch is that Barista League founder and creative mastermind Steve Moloney has colored the liquids vividly with food coloring: makes it a lot harder to identify citrus when it’s in the form of blue liquid, amiright?!
Bear from Onyx worked double duty as both a judge and a super-enthusiastic cheerleader for all the teams.
The final stage was a Mystery Round revealed at the start of competition: This challenge brought brewer sponsor Poursteady front and center. The totally amazing Poursteady is a brew bar robot, which is programmed by the barista per various coffee parameters, after which it flows water onto coffee grounds with epic perfection. Barista teams were challenge to program the Poursteady to best brew the lovely Onyx Coffees on offer.
These two women drove all the way from Tallahassee, Fla., to Greenville, S.C., to compete in The Barista League USA Tour’s third event, and good thing: They won!
In the end, it was Team A Skulk of Paper Foxes from all the way down in Tallahassee, Fla., who won last night’s Barista League USA Tour stop. Besides bragging rights and a whole mess of fabulous prizes from the generous sponsors of the tour, the women win a chance at the grandest of grand prizes: an all-expenses-paid trip to Colombia on the Ally Coffee Champs Trip in early October!
Team Wiggle Buttz show off the reason behind the team name
Ildi from Ally worked the bar, serving up that delicious Pacific Chocolate Hazelnut drink!
We’ve got one last stop ahead, and it’s tomorrow night at Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia! At the close of the competition, Steve will announce which team among each city’s winning teams had the highest overall score and therefore wins that killer trip to Colombia, so stay tuned!
Both members of all 12 teams went home with goodies and swag from The Barista League USA’s generous sponsors.
Tickets are still available for the Philly Barista League USA Tour stop—they’re just $5, and all proceeds are being donated to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. Buy tickets, check out photos from all the tour stops, and read all about the tour’s terrific sponsors at!
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  1. I’m so proud of all the teams that entered! The incredible turn out from Florida and specifically Tallahassee! Thanks Demi & Michael for a phenomenal representation for our home, Paper Fox Coffee!

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