Hey homies! Can you believe the Northwest Regional Barista Competition is this weekend? Holy tamales! We’re so excited. Our intrepid field reporter Michelle Foster has been sending us chronicles from previous regionals, the Southeast and Big Central, and Sarah will be in Seattle for the Northwest Regional, and Ken heads to Santa Cruz for the Southwest in a few weeks! So much going on! And never fear, we’ll be at the Northeast Regional, too!
For the moment, though, let’s focus on the nitty gritty comin’ up in Seattle-baby, this weekend.
And even before that, let’s tip our hats to the kick-ass team at Dillanos Coffee Roasters, which is the sponsor once again of this event. THANK YOU, DILLANOS!!
Thursday is all about judges training and set up, so let’s skip to Friday.
Friday, February 1:
7 a .m.: Doors open at the site of the 2013 NWRBC & Brewers Cup, graciously sponsored by Dillanos Coffee Roasters, URBAN ENOTECA, 4130 1st Ave. S.
7:30–8 a.m.: Competitors’ meeting (you either have to attend this one or the one on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. That means mandatory, my friends!)
8–10 a.m.: Competitors practice session
9–11 a.m.: Volunteer meeting and judges’ calibration
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: NORTHWEST REGIONAL BARISTA COMPETITION ROUND ONE, DAY ONE, YEEEHAWW!!!
1–3 p.m.: NORTHWEST BREWERS CUP ROUND ONE, DAY ONE, HOLLLLAAAA!!!
Saturday, February 2:
7 a.m.: Doors open
7:30–8 a.m.: Competitors meeting
8–11 a.m.: Competitors practice session
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: NORTHWEST REGIONAL BARISTA COMPETITION ROUND ONE, DAY TWO!!!
1–3 p.m.: NORTHWEST BREWERS CUP ROUND ONE, DAY TWO!!!!
4:30 p.m.: THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT (of the finalists, duh)
6–10 p.m.: PARTY TIME, HOSTED BY THOSE AWESOME DUDES AT DILLANOS! Location: Cherry Street, Pioneer Square, 103 Cherry St., kegs, hotdogs, music, and also FUN will be served.
Sunday, February 3:
7:30–8:30 a.m.: Finalists’ official practice time
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: THE MAIN EVENT: NORTHWEST REGIONAL BARISTA COMPETITION FINALS AND NORTHWEST BREWERS CUP FINALS!!!
12:30 p.m.: Just like that, we’ll find out who wins.
Let’s not forget one very special detail about this weekend: the last man or woman standing in the Northwest Regional Barista Competition is going to effing KENYA! That’s right, can you believe it?? The amazing, fantastic, inspirational importing company Cafe Imports is once again taking all the regional competition winners, plus the U.S. Barista Championship winner, plus the World Barista Championship winner, to an exciting producing country. And for 2013, it’s mo-fo-ing KENYA. CRAZYPANTS.
Who cares about that stupid Superbowl anyway?