Big Central Barista and Brewers Cup Winners!

Top six of the South Central Barista Competition.

Well, the Big Central has concluded. For better or for worse, the new format has officially been tried out, and we have the top six from the South Central and North Central Barista Competitions, plus the top three from the South Central and North Central Brewers Cups. Cheers to all! Cheers especially to the totally awesome hosts, Cafe Imports and Curtis, who put on this event in Minneapolis this weekend.

There was excitement at the announcement of the South Central Barista Champion!

There was excitement at the announcement of the South Central Barista Champion!

For the first time ever, there was no finals round for the barista competitions—these are the top three scores from everybody who competed this weekend, regardless of who judged them. This made things a little strange for the top three in the North Central especially, as they came within a point and a half of each other. A POINT AND A HALF! Anyway, at the end of the day, we have two guys are are pretty flippin’ stoked to have won not only the titles, but a trip to Ecuador with Origin Trip Sponsor Cafe Imports! Whooo hoo!

I mean, really—who doesn't want to hug Mike Marquard?

I mean, really—who WOULDN’T want to hug Mike Marquard?

Without fourth ado…

North Central Barista Competition
1st: Josh Wismans, Colectivo Coffee
2nd: Brenna Kail, Intelligentsia Coffee
3rd: Josh Taves, Dogwood Coffee
4th: Tayla Strader, Bow Truss Coffee
5th: Sam Brown, Stone Creek Coffee
6th: Andrew Grassmick, Madcap Coffee

North Central Brewers Cup
1st: George Burnett, Intelligentsia Coffee
2nd: Trevor Gruehn, Kickapoo Coffee
3rd: Zach Althaus, Goshen Coffee

South Central Barista Competition
1st: Tyler Rovenstine, Oddly Correct
2nd: David Fasman, Kaldi’s Coffee
3rd: Patrick Burns, Palace Coffee
4th: Mike Marquard, Blueprint Coffee
5th: David Buehrer, Blacksmith
6th: Nora Brady, Blueprint Coffee

South Central Brewers Cup
1st: Lorenzo Perkins, Cuvee Coffee
2nd: Anthony Auger, Kaldi’s Coffee
3rd: Kevin Ready, Blueprint Coffee

Top six of the South Central Barista Competition.

Top six of the South Central Barista Competition.

Top six of the North Central Barista Competition.

Top six of the North Central Barista Competition.

Top six at the South Central Brewers Cup.

Top six at the South Central Brewers Cup.

Top, uh, five in the North Central Brewers Cup.

Top, uh, five? in the North Central Brewers Cup.

 

 

 

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