Competitions

Charles at the beginning of his performance, greeting the judges.

USBC Finalist #1: Charles Babinski, G&B, Los Angeles

Does this guy look familiar? He should; he won second place at the USBC last year. Charles traveled to the World Barista Championship in Vienna last June to cheer on not only his friend, US Champ Katie Carguilo, but his other international barista champion friends. Indeed, Charles has been a … Read more →

2013 USBC Finalists

SCAA Saturday in Photos

A cold and wet storm blew through Boston last night, but Saturday dawned calmer and touch a sunnier. Inside the Activities Hall at the SCAA Event, the 18 amazing baristas in the Semifinal Round competed to see who would make it to the final six on Sunday to vie for … Read more →

Schedule for USBC Finals, Sunday at High Noon

1. Charles Babinski, G&B, Los Angeles–12:15 pm 2. Pete Licata, Parisi, Kansas City–12:45 pm 3. Trevor Corlett, MadCap, Washington, D.C.–1:15 pm 4. Charlie Habegger, Intelligentsia, Chicago–1:45 pm 5. Sam Lewontin, Everyman Espresso, 2:15 pm 6. Nick Purvis, The French Press, Santa Barbara, California–2:45 pm   6 different roasters 3 regional … Read more →

The 12 semifinalists for the USBC who made it through the first round. They'll join the six regional champions for Saturday's semifinal round.

SCAA Friday in Photos

Another amazing day here in Boston (except that it’s freakin’ freezing!). Here are some of our favorite moments. Today marked the opening of the show floor, which hosted the US Areopress Championship at the Bunn booth. While in the Activities Hall, the United States Barista Championship, the US Brewers Cup, … Read more →

USBC Semifinals Round Schedule, Saturday

1. Charles Babinski, G&B, Los Angeles—10:17 a.m. 2. Lem Butler, CountCulture Coffee, Raleigh, N.C.—10:36 p.m. 3. Josh Taves, Dogwood Coffee, Minneapolis—10:55 a.m. 4. Michael Harwood, Independent, Carrboro, N.C.—11:14 a.m. 5. Charlie Habegger, Intelligentsia, Chicago—11:33 a.m. 6. Travis Beckett, Peregrine, Washington, D.C.—11:52 a.m. 7. Katie Carguilo, Counter Culture, Brooklyn—12:11 p.m. 8. … Read more →

US Brewers Cup FINALS Schedule, Saturday

Here is the official schedule for the U.S. Brewers Cup Finals tomorrow! 1. Phillip Ma, Ma’Velous, San Francisco—12 p.m. 2. Erin McCarthy, Counter Culture Coffee, Brooklyn—12:30 p.m. 3. Dean Kallivrousis, Parisi Coffee, Kansas City—1 p.m. 4. Zach Neuman, Cafe Helios, Raleigh, N.C.—1:30 p.m. 5. Brandon Paul Weaver, Slate Coffee, Seattle—2 … Read more →

Original art by Greta Anne Romelfanger (appeared in the Feb/March 2011 issue of Barista Magazine)
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U.S. Brewers Cup Schedule, Round 1!

Man oh man, has the Brewers Cup competition grown by leaps and bounds in the mere three years it’s been around or what? In the United States, we’ve enjoyed six exciting Regional Brewers Cup competitions this year, which have done nothing but show me how popular and relevant this coffee … Read more →

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