And that’s a wrap for the 2020 US Barista Championship Qualifying Event in Nashville, Tennessee! Well, at least as far as the competitors go. It’s now up to the judges to undergo the unenviable task of deciding who will be moving on to the US Barista Championship next month in Orange County, California.
A total of 18 coffee professionals will join the other half of the field who already earned their spot in the USBC at the Sumner, Washington Qualifying Event last month, with the top six from this weekend’s event earning a bye into the Semi-Final round. We saw the return of barnstormers like Glitter Cat alum Anthony Ragler who is looking to improve upon his stunning 8th place finish in his rookie season last year and we got to witness the return of none other than Mama Mocha herself Sarah Gill, whose Southern charm and larger-than-life stage presence easily made her the crowd favorite at last year’s Nashville Qualifying Event.
But before anyone can start planning their trip to sunny Southern California they, the first step is to make it out of Nashville alive, and while the judges decide the fates of our sum total 54 competitors, let’s take a look back at Day Two of the US Barista Championship Qualifying Event in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sprudge Media Network’s coverage of the 2020 US Coffee Championships Nashville Qualifying Event is presented by Cafe Imports, Acaia, IKAWA, Pacific Barista Series, Bellwether, and Baratza.
Ryan Moser, Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co
Anna Rozenberg, Rex Coffee
Miranda Haney, Greater Goods Coffee
James May Lee
Kylan Reasoner, Sayso Coffee
Emma Leibman, Peregrine Espresso
Kyla Villamor, Honolulu Coffee
Casey Wilson, Boxcar Coffee Roasters
Maud Hasler, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co
Cydni Patterson, Cafe Driade
Morgan Eckroth, Tried & True Coffee
Paige Hicks, Trade and Lore Coffee
Matthew Scott, Lemonjello’s Coffee
Ali Abderrahman, La Reunion
Avery Leith, Huckleberry Roasters
Tyler Montague, Brew Coffee Bar
Jordan Hershberger, Coat Check Coffee
Morgan Mooney-Honeychurch, Revelator Coffee Company
Grace Rathbone, Ada’s Discovery Cafe
Jessica Messer, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster
Sarah Hise, Stovetop Roasters
Gisel Alvarez, Monarch Coffee
Anthony Ragler, Black and White Coffee Roasters
Sam Schaefer, Espy/Anthology
Chelsea Kallman, Stay Golden Coffee Co
Mama Mocha, Mama Mocha’s Coffee
Sam Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters
Photos by Elizabeth Chai for Sprudge