And so begins another action packed season of barista competition! We’re kicking off the 2017 season in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee, where 59 competitors will be taking the stage over the course of the weekend in hopes of earning a spot in the US Barista Championship happening later this year in Seattle.
29 competitors are going to give it their all today, hoping to dazzle during their 10-minute presentation where they will serve judges (and guest judges) two courses: espresso and a signature beverage; no milkies during the qualifying rounds. Once all the dust has settled, 18 baristas will move on to Seattle to fight for the title of US Barista Champion.
But first they have to make it through today. Here are the competitors for Day One of the US Barista Championship Qualifying Even in Knoxville.
11:10am Louis Colon, Fuego Coffee Roasters, Rochester, NY
11:22am Chris Vigilante, Vigilante Coffee Co, Hyattsville, MD @vigilantecoffee
11:46am David Hall, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co, St. Louis, MO @kaldis_coffee
11:58am Sarah Wallick, Blue Bottle Coffee, Oakland, CA @bluebottleroast
12:10pm Micah Sherer, Ally Coffee, Greenville, SC @allycoffee_
12:22pm Evan Pollitt, Summit Coffee Co, Cornelius, NC @summitcoffee
12:34pm Collin Schneider, Bespoken Coffee Roasters, Corvalis, OR @bespokencoffee
12:58pm Cris Mendoza, Saint Frank Coffee, San Francisco, CA @stfrankcoffee
1:10pm Jonathan Miller, Madcap Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI @madcapcoffee
1:22pm Christopher Owens, Prevail Union Coffee, Auburn, AL @prevailunion
1:46pm Allison Bouley, Peregrine Espresso, Washington DC @peregrinedc
2:10pm David Piazza, Collective Coffee Co, Charleston, SC
2:22pm Sam Brown, Stone Creek Coffee, Milwaukee, WI @stonecreekcoffe
2:34pm Derrick Wessels, Beagle Coffee Co, Fort Collins, CO @beaglecoffeeco
3:10pm Ruth Valdez, Populace Coffee, Bay City, MI @populacecoffee
3:22pm Margaret Dixon, Swing’s Coffee Roasters, Alexandria, VA @swingscoffee
3:46pm Tito Pena, The Wydown Coffeebar, Washington DC @thewydown
4:10pm Michael Riopel, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, New York, NY @irvingfarm
4:34pm Erik Czuprinski, River City Roasters, Wheaton, IL @rivercityroast
4:46pm Abby Lancaster, Axum Coffee, Winter Garden, IL @axumcoffee