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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Richard Cummins of Underline Coffee in New York placed third in the Eastern Conference with 156.46 points for his combined compulsory and service rounds. How did Cummins do it? We find out his secret sauce below.

Name: Richard Cummins

Company: Underline Coffee

Location: New York, NY

Years Brewing in Life and in Work: All my life

Brew Method: Kalita Wave 185 (stainless)

Coffee: Finca Nuguo Panama Gesha (Counter Culture)

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Brew weight, water volume, and temperature:

15g sieved / 255ml / 201F water

Astrological Sign: Virgo

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Spirit Animal: Owl

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Celebrity to Brew For: Lou Reed

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.