When the ranking for the 2013 United States Barista Championship had been announced, the finalists looked just exhausted, so we wanted to give them some space to be with their friends and family, and decompress. Since then, I’ve been able to chat with all six of them about what was … Read more →
Anyone who has attended an international-level coffee competition knows how stressful they are for the competitors: after months of intense training on their own, these baristas come together to compete. They are focused 100% on their performances, which is kind of a sad thing because it means they don’t have … Read more →
There was some Counter Culture electricity in the air when—during the awards ceremony for the U.S. Brewers Cup—it was down to Jonathan Bonchak and Erin McCarthy, both of whom work for the company. Jonathan came into the U.S. Brewers Cup competition as the Southeast Regional Brewers Cup Champ, and he … Read more →
Erin McCarthy is a serious vet of this industry—I recall meeting him in person for the first time at the SCAA show in Minneapolis in 2008. Back then, he was working for Gimme!, brewing coffee and taking names, and helping me gather deets on the awesome coffee community coming to … Read more →
Gotta give it up for Sarah’s dad, Steve Allen, for once again supplying us with some reportage: Dad just emailed me a link to a pretty cool little video put together by Blue Ribbon Hunter, an online video series featuring a chipper chef who explores such pressing world issues as … Read more →
It’s bonkers to think that the World Barista Championship (WBC) is one month away! This toughest coffee contest on the planet will take place within the hub of the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from May 23–25 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. We can’t wait!! One thing we’re excited to see … Read more →
In early 2012, after being selected by the World Coffee Events organization as the official espresso machine for the World Barista Championship (WBC) for 2012–2014, Nuova Simonelli launched the first of its kind traveling education series on the machine that would be used for this event, which is regarded as … Read more →
Here are some shots from the final day of action at the 2013 USBC and SCAA Event in Boston. It was great to see so many old friends and make new ones!
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!!!!!
Nick Purvis has coffee in his blood: his brother, Sam, won the Northwest Regional Barista Championship in 2011. But Nick’s been succeeding on a high level in his own right for a long time. He’s the manager of the super popular cafe The French Press in Santa Barbara, Calif., which … Read more →