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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Ryan McDermott of Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, IL placed sixth in the Eastern Conference with 155.09 points for their combined compulsory and service rounds. McDermott doubled his pleasure with two brew methods combined. After brewing coffee in an Eva Solo, McDermott double filtered the brew with glass beads in a V60 filter! What?? 

Name: Ryan McDermott

Company: Intelligentsia

Location: Chicago, IL

Years Brewing in Life and in Work: 1.5 years

Brew Method: Eva Solo > V60 (glass beads + paper filter)

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Coffee: Finca Tekesi (Typica)

Recipe:

35g / 450g / 05:00

Astrological Sign: Leo

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Spirit Animal: Ghost

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Celebrity to Brew For: Caveman

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.