unitedstatesbaristachampionship

Radames Roldan and Ryan Soeder have won the South Central and North Central 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. With Big Western already settled, here’s what the USBC field looks like so far after the second regional event.

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE

NC-TOPSIX

1. Ryan Soeder, Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL [1st round bye at USBC]

2. Matthew Scott, Lemonjello’s Coffee, Holland, MI [1st round bye at USBC]

3. T. Ben Fisher, Stone Creek Coffee Company, Milwaukee, WI

4. Jonathan Miller, Madcap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, MI

5. Trevor Gruehn, Kickapoo Coffee, Milwaukee, WI

6. Leeann Wacker, Colectivo Coffee, Milwaukee, WI

SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE

top-six

1. Radames Roldan, Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis, MO [1st round bye at USBC]

2. Andrea Allen, Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR [1st round bye at USBC]

3. Nora Brady, Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis, MO

4. Andrew Iwersen, Quay Coffee, Kansas City, MO

5. David Fasman, Kaldi’s Coffee, St. Louis, MO

6. Patrick Burns, Palace Coffee Company, Amarillo, TX

NW CONFERENCE

NWRBC

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

SWRBC

SW CONFERENCE

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 21st, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina at the Big Eastern Barista Competition, hosted by Counter Culture Coffee and The Wilbur Curtis Company

All of SprudgeLive’s 2015 USBC and WBC coverage is sponsored by Square, and presented in partnership with the Specialty Coffee Association of America.