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It’s time for the 2015 Big Central, friends.

In 2012, as we embarked on the 2013 Big Central cycle, we wrote, “These weekends offer indelible snapshots of what the specialty coffee culture in America looks like in 2012, by region, city, roaster and individual. It’s the opinion of this website that barista competitions, though not perfect, are enormously important, but more than that, they’re a lot of fun to watch. In the right hands, those 15 minutes can be transcendent. Pay attention this weekend. These events are worth it.” This still holds true today.

Two distinct and ever-growin’ regions will showcase the best of the best this weekend. The North Central division includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The South Central division includes Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Here’s a schedule of competitions, parties, ceremonies, and events happening:

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6

11:00am – 5:00pm Judges Calibration Workshop Held at Café Imports
2617 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55413
2:00pm – 6:00pm Café Imports Open House: including tours of warehouse and newly remodeled office
7:00pm – 9:00pm A Film About Coffee Screening

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Co-Sponsored by Café Imports and Spyhouse Coffee
St. Anthony Main Theatre
Tickets HERE ($10)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7

10:30am – 5:00pm NC & SC Barista Competition: Day 1
11:00am – 1:30pm North Central Brewers Cup: Compulsory
5:00pm – 5:30pm Announce Finalists for North Central Brewers Cup
7:00pm – Midnight Rope-A-Dope: A Big Central Competition Party

Sponsored by Café Imports, Wilbur Curtis and Colectivo Coffee at Architectural Antiques
Food from Natedogs and AZ Canteen
Beer by Colectivo Coffee Roasters
Music from Marah in the Mainsail

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

8:00am Dogwood Coffee Company pop-up at the Dogwood Roastery
11:30am – 5:30pm NC & SC Barista Competition: Day Two
2:30pm – 5:00pm South Central Brewers Cup: Compulsory
5:30pm – 6:00pm Announce Finalists for South Central Brewers Cup
7:00pm-12:00am Five Watt Coffee and Kickapoo Coffee Roasters Party

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Held @ Five Watt Coffee – 3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Latte Art Throwdown & Central Region Aeropress Championship
Beer from a few Wisconsin-based breweries
Food by Butch Salt
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9

8:00am Dogwood Coffee Company pop-up at the Dogwood Roastery
9:00am – 10:00am South Central Brewers Cup: Open Service
10:30am – 5:00pm NC & SC Barista Competition: Day Three
5:00pm – 5:30pm Awards Ceremony

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