Meet your 2016 Brewers Cup Qualifier competitors. Those who advanced will compete in the 2016 United States Brewers Cup Champion in Atlanta, Georgia from April 14th-17th. Elizabeth Chai was apart of the Sprudge Team during the Kansas City Qualifying Round, photographing each Brewers Cup routine and conducting interviews with every competitor.

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Jacob White of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in San Diego, California placed third in the Western Conference with 156.66 points for his combined compulsory and service rounds. Find out how White made it to the top in our interview below.

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Name: Jacob White

Company: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Location: San Diego, CA

Years Brewing in Life and in Work: 4 years

Brew Method: Kalita Wave 185 (ceramic)

(image via Wrecking Ball Coffee)
(image via Wrecking Ball Coffee)

Coffee: Noria 59 Natural HLE Panama Geisha

Brew weight, water volume, and time:

22g / 350g / 03:30

Astrological Sign: Pisces

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Spirit Animal: Meerkat

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Celebrity to Brew For: Wayne Coyne

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For a complete list of 2016 Brewers Cup competitors and standings, click here. Visit the official United States Coffee Competition website here.

Elizabeth Chai (@chaiamericano) is a graphic designer and freelance writer based in Portland. Read more Elizabeth Chai on Sprudge.