Your 2010 USBC Finalists…

From left: Sarah, Devin, Charles, Mike P., Baca, and Mike M.

Man, that was intense! This was by far the most crazy good group of semifinalists that the United States Barista Championship has ever seen! So you can be sure these six finalists — who won their elite spots from a pool of 25 semifinalists — are gonna bring it tomorrow at the USBC finals, from noon-2:30 p.m.

In no particular order:

Sarah Peterson, Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, California

Charles Babinski, Intellientsia Coffee, Chicago, Illinois

Mike Phillips, Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, Illinois

Mike Marquard, Kaldi’s Coffee, St. Louis, Missouri

Chris Baca, Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, California

Devin Pedde, Intelligentsia Coffee, Los Angeles, California

TOMORROW’S GONNA ROCK!

About the Author

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.