USBC Competitor Brandon Paul Weaver, Slate Coffee

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Company: Slate Coffee Roasters
Number of years behind the bar: 5
Number of competitions: 3
2013 NWRBC 12th
2014 Big West (#1) 8th
2014 Big West (#2) 4th

Coffee: Kianyangi Factory, Embu Kenya

Milk: Clover


Signature Beverage:

Ras el Hanout, Salt, Espresso, Carbonated Grapefruit Juice.

Secret Weapons: A copy of the rules

Playlist: Will be decided day of. 

Theme: How delicious my coffee is.

Total Practice Hours: 30

Coach(es): Chelsey Walker Watson, Megan Radke, Nik Virrey

Fashion: Decided day of!

Trivia: Stupid puns? I got plenty.

Social Medias: @coffeeandbookz/ @brandonpaulweaver