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2013 USBC Finals Rankings

6. Charlie Habegger, Intelligentsia 5. Nick Purvis, The French Press 4. Sam Lewontin, Everyman Espresso 3. Trevor Corlett, MadCap 2. Charles Babinski, G&B WINNER: PETE LICATA!!!!!

Sam Lewontin

USBC Finalist #5: Sam Lewontin, Everyman Espresso, NYC

Sam Lewonski is affectionately known as “the other Sam” at Everyman Espresso in New York. That’s because he and his boss, Sam Penix, are essentially attached at the hip. The two friends support each other in everything to do. It’s hard to imagine Everyman without either of them. This is … Read more →

Charlie in the zone.
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USBC Finalist #4: Charlie Habegger, Intelligentsia, Chicago

Please welcome Charlie Habegger to the USBC finals stage—and Charlie is something pretty special. This is only his second time competing, and anyone who follows barista competitions, especially in the uber competitive United States knows that it’s a very rare thing for somwone who has only competed once before to … Read more →

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 →

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