The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos

In case you missed it, or are already reminiscing about it, here are some great photos from the USCC Qualifying Event last week in Kansas City

PHOTOS BY AKAASH SAINI*
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*unless otherwise noted

The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Nuova Simonelli’s Gianni Cassatini (center) was his usual welcoming self, offering hugs to all whop entered the United States Coffee Competition Qualifying Event. Photo by Rita Kaminsky
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Josh Taves (right), shows Blueprint Coffee coowner Mike Marquard the Kong coffee brewer, which Taves invented and manufactured. Photo by Sarah Allen
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Top six in the Western Conference of the United States Barista Championship Qualifying Event, including first-place finisher, Cole McBride (far right). Photo by Sarah Allen
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
The Cowtown Throwdown was an amazing evening of fundraising for the Noah’s Bandage Project, plus great music, beer, and people, including these folks. Photo by Sarah Allen
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Lots of excitement brewing at the final pour showdown at the latte art competition during the Cowtown Throwdown. Photo by Sarah Allen
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Trevor Corlett of Madcap Coffee Co. serves up what will end up being the winning barista competition performance in the Eastern Conference of the United States Barista Championship Qualifying Event.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Panda of Visions provided laughs and hugs for competitors and attendees alike.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
A view from the judges table at the Eastern Conference competition.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Selfie break; Hugo and Julie get the job done.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Judges evaluated coffees at the Brewers Cup Qualifying Event over the course of the four days.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
And there was Barista Guild of America cornhole for break time.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
At left, Kyle Ramage of Mahlkönig and Michael Harwood of Ceremony Coffee eagerly await the announcement of the top six in the Eastern Conference.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
Plaques by Reg Barber Enterprises.
The USCC Qualifying Event In Photos
The top 6 in the Eastern Conference, including first-place finisher, Trevor Corlett (third from right).
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