USBC Competitor Cole McBride, PublicUs Coffee

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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!



Company: PublicUs, coffee roasted by Velton Ross of Velton’s Coffee 
Number of years behind the bar: 13
Number of competitions: 8

I started competing in 2012

In 2013 and 2014 I placed 2nd in the North West Regionals

In 2014 I placed 4th at USBC

In 2015 I placed third in the South West regional

Coffee: San Augustin Hulia Colombia Finca El Faldon managed by Arnfulo Leguizamo

Milk: Clover



Signature Beverage:

Each time I make a cappuccino I will have one extra shot that will then go into a sake decanter with ice for chilling without dilution

I’ll be adding an elderberry syrup made from Organic dried elderberries

Next is a Lychee reduction that I’ve made from fresh Lychee’s

Last is Q tonic water soaked in amarillo hops for 24 hours

served in a whiskey glass with an ice ball. Pouring the beverage over a large ice ball will further chill the beverage while not diluting it.

Secret Weapons: My partner Hiroko Ebizaki 

Playlist: Still working on it. Check in with me the day of 

Theme: How can a Barista working in a cafe affect the growth of Specialty. I’ll be focusing of the idea that Coffee is Culinary and how that idea can attract growth. 

Total Practice Hours: Everyday since qualifying for USBC 

Coach(es): N/A

Fashion: Not sure yet but it will be bright or have an absurd amount of buttons 

Trivia: N/A

Social Medias: for twitter colecoffee for instagram cole_coffee publicuslv