USBC Competitor David Buehrer, Greenway 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: Greenway Coffee Company
Number of years behind the bar: 15
Number of competitions: 4

2009 SCRBC 7th place
2014 SCRBC 5th place
2014 USBC 23rd (ish) place
2015 SCRBC 7th place
2015 USBC ?????

Coffee: Rancho Tio Emilio, La Perla, Ecuador

Milk: Clover Milk


Signature Beverage: a simple expression

oleo-saccharum of naval orange peel
decoction of chamomile, cinnamon, juniper, & bittering roots
Rancho Tio Emilio espresso

Secret Weapons: no secrets needed.

Playlist: 3rd Coast Ghetto Gospel

Theme: The theme is the ever evolving precipice of coffee jobs. Being a barista started out as a high school gig and through education and technology I have turned it into a blossoming career path. It is time to treat baristas more like engineers in their work and responsibilities.

Total Practice Hours: a bit.

Coach(es): John Letoto, aka @hermitudinous, aka angry college sportsball coach, aka fire breathing parrot, aka best tech judge ever created.

Fashion: Yuketen
Sid Mashburn
General Knot
Engineered Garments

Trivia: I’m doing this for different reasons than most, which brings a different vibe to my routine.

Social Medias: @greenwaybarista