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 contest is. The six Regional Brewers Cup Champs will come together with an outstanding line-up of other competitors at the United States Brewers Cup competition in Boston at the SCAA this week.
The winner of this year’s United States Brewers Cup will travel to Melbourne, Australia, to represent the U.S. in the World Brewers Cup Championship. In 2012, U.S. Brewers Cup Champ Andy Sprenger missed winning the World championship by only half a point! So the United States has quite a reputation for excellence.
• Round 1 is the compulsory round, in which all competitors use the same mystery coffee.
• The six Regional Brewers Cup Champs compete in the compulsory round (unlike in the USBC, where the Regional Champs get a bye into the semifinal round)
• At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the six finalists in the U.S. Brewers Cup will be announced.
• The finals round of the U.S. Brewers Cup will take place from 12–3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13
• The compulsory round will not be live streamed, but the final round will be.
Here is the schedule for Round 1—the Compulsory Round, in which all competitors brew using the same coffee—of the 2013 U.S. Brewers Cup:
Thursday, April 11
9:05 a.m.: Andy Kwon, Elabrew, Los Angeles
9: 05 a.m.: Christos Andrews, Tougo Coffee Co., Seattle
9:17 a.m.: Winston Harrison, Crema, Nashville
9:17 a.m.: Josip Drazenovich, Dallis Bros., New York
9:29 a.m.: Cole McBride, Visions, Seattle
9:29 a.m.: Dut Goodman, Safehouse Coffee & Tea, Griffin, Georgia
9:41 a.m.: Trevor Gruehn, Kickapoo Coffee, Viroqua, Wisconsin
9:41 a.m.: Phillip Ma, Ma’velous, San Francisco
9:53 a.m.: Erin McCarthy, Counter Culture, Brooklyn
9:53 a.m.: Zach Neuman, Cafe Helios, Raleigh, North Carolina
10:05 a.m.: Neil Oney, Trabant, Seattle
10:05 a.m.: Tommy Kim, Cafe Dulce, Los Angeles
10:17 a.m.: Dean Kallivrousis, Parisi Coffee, Kansas City
10:17 a.m.: Michael Cannon, Velton’s Coffee, Seattle
10:29 a.m.: Amanda Whitt, Everyman Espresso, New York
10:29 a.m.: Sean Stewart, Crema, Nashville
10:41 a.m.: Jared Gum, Olympia Coffee, Olympia, Washington
10:41 a.m.: Robert Reagan, Palace Coffee, Canyon, Texas
10:53 a.m.: Andrew Tucker-MacLeod, Batdorf & Bronson, Olympia, Washington
Friday, April 12
10:05 a.m.: Todd Goldsworthy, Klatch Coffee, Upland, California
10:05 a.m.: Dustin Demers, Stanza Coffee, San Francisco
10:17 a.m.: Jonathan Bonchak, Counter Culture, Durham, North Carolina
10:17 a.m.: Robbie Krask, Wormhole Coffee, Chicago
10:29 a.m.: Andrea Costa, Equal Exchange, Boston
10:29 a.m.: Jon Ferguson, Dogwood Coffee Co., Minneapolis
10:41 a.m.: Michael Greene, Lemonjello’s Coffee, Holland, Michigan
10:53 a.m.: Jonathan Aldrich, Houndstooth Coffee, Dallas
10:53 a.m.: Joshua Bonner, Stanza Coffee, San Francisco
11:05 a.m.: Sam Schroeder, Olympia Coffee, Olympia, Washington
11:05 a.m.: Brandon Paul Weaver, Slate Coffee, Seattle
11:17 a.m.: Judith Mandel, Peregrine Espresso, Washington, D.C.
11:17 a.m.: Jonathan Colon, HalfWit Coffee Roasters, Chicago
11:29 a.m.: Jordan Barber, Intelligentsia, New York
11:29 a.m.: Ryan Hall, Panther Coffee, Miami
11:41 a.m.: Alexandra LittleJohn, Verve Coffee, Los Angeles
11:41 a.m.: Charles Babinski, G&B, Los Angeles
11:53 a.m.: David Yake, Tony’s Coffee, Bellingham, Washington