And now the 2020 US Coffee Championships season really begins. After eight preliminaries for the Barista Championship and nine for the Brewers Cup, we’re now onto the Qualifying Events, the semi-finals of sorts where competitors earn their way into the national round. Half of the national field will decided this weekend in Sumner at the first of the two Qualifying Events (the second happening next month in Nashville).

A sum total of 76 competitors will take the stage in Sumner this weekend—40 in Barista and 36 in the Brewers Cup—with the top 18 and 12, respectively, punching their tickets to the US Coffee Championships in Orange County, California at the end of February. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, we’ve still got Day One of the Sumner Qualifying Event in front of us. So let’s meet the competitors, shall we?

Sprudge Media Network’s coverage of the 2020 US Coffee Championships Sumner Qualifier is presented by Cafe Imports, Acaia, IKAWA, Pacific Barista Series, Bellwether, and Baratza

Raechel Hurd

Barista Championship

10:37am Adam Elabd, Huckleberry Roasters
10:49am Lucas Cassol, Batdorf and Bronson
11:01am Eve Wieser, Coffea Roasterie
11:13am Jake King, Brash Coffee
11:25am Kae Bonaguro, Collective Espresso
11:37am Mal Preheim, Dune Coffee Roasters
11:49am Logan Maltese, Victrola Coffee Roasters
12:01pm Reef Bessette, The Coffee Movement
12:13pm Elisabeth Johnson, Hagen Coffee Roasters
12:25pm Sam Han, Go Get Em Tiger
1:04pm Angela Dunne, Summit Coffee Co
1:16pm Sumner Ohye, Coffee Vloggers
1:28pm Raechel Hurd
1:40pm Niko Horaites, Coava Coffee
1:52pm Zach Thanasilangkul, Barton Institute
2:04pm Hugo Cano, Amberson Coffee
2:16pm Austin Amento, Augie’s Coffee
2:28pm Jeremy Pyrc
2:40pm Cole McBride, Ada’s Discovery
2:52pm William Card, Huckleberry Roasters

Brewers Cup

10:35am Zach Simon
10:50am Daniel Falloon, Botz Coffee
11:05am Dong Ge, Coffeeland
11:20am Nhan Trinh
11:50am Elliott Spencer, Venture Coffee Co
12:05pm Jesse Johnson
12:20pm Mikey Replan, CoffeeHall Arts District
12:35pm Andrew Valentine, Keffa Coffee
1:30pm Sirada (Peace) Sakulclanuwat
1:45pm Noah McKeown, Go Get Em Tiger
2:15pm Josh Modisette, Narrative Coffee
2:30pm Aaron Stout, Oregon Coffee Board
2:45pm Mary Houston, Red Rooster Coffee
3:00pm Jeremy Ecklund, Dune Coffee Roasters
3:15pm Ken Selby, Blossom Coffee Roasters
3:30pm John Kruegler, Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co