The much-anticipated arrival of Scandinavia’s beloved team competition and community celebration touches down Stateside.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
After more than a year of planning, plotting, and producing, the renowned coffee competition event The Barista League (TBL) hit the United States on Thursday night with a rollicking evening of fun contests and one helluva party. Created by Steve Moloney, himself an Aussie living in Sweden, and a two-time Swedish Barista Champion, TBL is designed to be the exact opposite of the formal, often expensive, and stressful traditional barista competitions. It instead prides itself on being inclusive and free, festive and fun, and still full of the same great people—not to mention prizes—for which the coffee-competition circuit is known.
Last night, TBL took over the vast space belonging to Alex Lambert and Jason “Double J” Johnson of Black Rabbit Service Co., to host the first stop on TBL’s four-city USA tour. The fun continues on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.; on September 6 in Greenville, S.C.; and concludes on September 8 in Philadelphia. Among the amazing prizes such as custom ceramics from Loveramics, Baratza grinders, swag and coffee from some of Scandinavia’s most legendary roasters, and more, is a trip for the overall winning team to Colombia in October courtesy of Ally Coffee. This top two-person team will join the famed Ally Coffee Champs trip with United States superstar Barista, Brewers Cup, Roaster, and Cup Tasters champions and runners-up, along with World Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojewska and other special guests.
Here are photos of some of the evening’s highlights. Be sure to check back in the coming week for previews and recaps of all the stops on the Barista League’s USA Tour.