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We reached out to each of the 2015 US Barista Championship competitors prior to their routines, to learn a bit more about them as competitors and coffee pros. We hope you enjoy these interviews!

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ANDREW MCCASLIN

Company: Palace Coffee Company/Evocation Coffee Roasters
Number of years behind the bar: 9
Number of competitions: 7
2013 Brewer’s Cup: Did not place
2014 Big Central Brewer’s Cup: 4th Place
2014 BCrBC: 11th Place
2015 Big Central Brewer’s Cup: 2nd Place
2015 BCrBC: 8th Place
America’s Best Coffee House Chicago: 2nd Place
America’s Best Coffee House St. Louis: 1st Place
America’s Best Coffee House National Competition: 1st Place

Coffee: Ethiopian Guji-type heirloom

Milk: n/a

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Signature Beverage: The Drink with No Name

Sage Pearls; Aeropress extraction of my coffee w/ginger shrub; Espresso extractions w/70% dark chocolate

Secret Weapons: Big Scary Dragons

Playlist: I am incredibly indecisive so Patrick Burns will put together something awesome.

Theme: Unique processing methods and roasting

Total Practice Hours: approx. 50

Coach(es): Roman and Amy Leal: They are the owner’s of Evocation Coffee Roasters. Roman is the visionary behind the roast profile for my coffee.

Shelby Easley: The incredible roaster for Evocation

Patrick Burns: My boss and the best public speaker I know.

Fashion: Murano button down; Express slacks; various ties; and Geisha in my beard.

Trivia: Nothing else.

Social Medias: @anmccan