Charles Babinski and Sam Schroeder have won the NW and SW divisions in the 2015 United States Barista Championship regional cycle. This affords them an automatic bye into semi-finals at the USBC, and a free trip to Colombia with Cafe Imports.
The USBC format affords two first-round byes per division, awarding that second valuable bye to the second place finisher in each region. Here’s what the USBC field looks like so far after the first regional event.
1st: Sam Schroeder, Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, Olympia, WA [1st round bye at USBC]
2nd: Brady Macdonald, Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, Olympia, WA [1st round bye at USBC]
3rd: Maxwell Mooney, Spotted Cow Coffee Company, Mill Creek, WA
4th: Brandon Paul Weaver, Slate Coffee, Seattle
5th. Corey Critchfield, Either / Or, PDX
6th. Sam Brandvein, Cherry Street Coffee House, Seattle
1st: Charles Babinski, Go Get Em Tiger and G&B Coffee, Los Angeles [1st round bye at USBC]
2nd: Eden-Marie Abramowicz, Intelligentsia Coffee, Los Angeles [1st round bye at USBC]
3rd: Cole McBride, PublicUs, Las Vegas
4th: Devin Chapman, Verve Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles
5th: Harlin Glovaki, Nom De Plume Roasters, Phoenix
6th: Jon Paul Doerr, Portola Coffee Lab, Costa Mesa, CA
The 2015 US Barista Championship cycle continues on November 7th, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Big Central Barista Competition, hosted by Cafe Imports and The Wilbur Curtis Company.
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