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

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Anna Rozenberg, Rex Coffee

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Miranda Haney, Greater Goods Coffee

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James May Lee

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Kylan Reasoner, Sayso Coffee

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Emma Leibman, Peregrine Espresso

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Kyla Villamor, Honolulu Coffee

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Casey Wilson, Boxcar Coffee Roasters

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Maud Hasler, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co

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Cydni Patterson, Cafe Driade

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Morgan Eckroth, Tried & True Coffee

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Paige Hicks, Trade and Lore Coffee

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Matthew Scott, Lemonjello’s Coffee

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Ali Abderrahman, La Reunion

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Avery Leith, Huckleberry Roasters

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Tyler Montague, Brew Coffee Bar

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Jordan Hershberger, Coat Check Coffee

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Kristi Persinger

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Morgan Mooney-Honeychurch, Revelator Coffee Company

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Grace Rathbone, Ada’s Discovery Cafe

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Jessica Messer, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

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Sarah Hise, Stovetop Roasters

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Gisel Alvarez, Monarch Coffee

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Anthony Ragler, Black and White Coffee Roasters

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Sam Schaefer, Espy/Anthology

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Chelsea Kallman, Stay Golden Coffee Co

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Mama Mocha, Mama Mocha’s Coffee

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Sam Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters

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