Happy humpday, everyone! OMG we personally cannot believe that we’re back home after the banana-pants craziness of Boston—we had so much fun seeing all of our friends! But as wonderful as the show was, it makes being back home in beautiful Portland, Oregon, all the more sweet. Being back in … Read more →
It’s hard to believe the SCAA show in Boston ended on Sunday—feels like forever ago. The explosions that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday were incredibly tragic, and we’ve taken time to reflect on the terrible suffering occurring in the wake of these deaths and … 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 →
Sam Lewonski is affectionately known as “the other Sam” at Everyman Espresso in New York. That’s because he and his boss, Sam Penix, are essentially attached at the hip. The two friends support each other in everything to do. It’s hard to imagine Everyman without either of them. This is … Read more →
Please welcome Charlie Habegger to the USBC finals stage—and Charlie is something pretty special. This is only his second time competing, and anyone who follows barista competitions, especially in the uber competitive United States knows that it’s a very rare thing for somwone who has only competed once before to … Read more →
Trevor Corlett is one of those guys who was born to run a successful company—good thing for us, he chose coffee as his focus. After earning his keep as a barista for years, Trevor burst onto the scene by opening MadCap Coffee in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2008. The roaster-retailer … Read more →
THE PETE IS BACK. You know him and love him: Pete Licata, who after winning second place in the USBC not one, not two but three times, won top honors in the USBC in 2011. He went on to win second place in the World Barista Championship in Bogota, Colombia, … Read more →
Does this guy look familiar? He should; he won second place at the USBC last year. Charles traveled to the World Barista Championship in Vienna last June to cheer on not only his friend, US Champ Katie Carguilo, but his other international barista champion friends. Indeed, Charles has been a … Read more →