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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: Verve Coffee Roasters
Number of years behind the bar: 5
Number of competitions: 11
11 NWRBC – 10
’11 NWRBrC – 1
’11 USbrC – n/a
’11 USBC – Semi Finals
’12 NWRBC – 1
’12 NWRBrC – 1
’12 USbrC – n/a
’12 USBC – Finals (4th)
’13 NWRBC – 1
’13 USBC – Semi Finals
’15 SWRBC – 4th
’15 USBC – ???
Milk: Strauss Organic Barista Series
Flavored Ice Sphere
Ice Sphere Ingredients:
Meizhan Red Tea (SONG)
Tea + Sugar work with sweetness
Temperature change boosts perception of acidity
Secret Weapons: Cool Runnings
Never Meant – American Football
Warm Water – Banks
Minnesota, WI – Bon Iver
Time is Dancing – Ben Howard
Flavor concept: exploring the sweetness and acidity of the coffee as it connects to its unique washed process.
Overarching concept: catalyst/ripple effect, cause/effect, how one thing can make a large impact, how coffee makes us better, how we make coffee better, “Duromina” means: To Improve Our Lives.
Total Practice Hours: Sideways 8
Roukiat Delrue – WBC Head Judge and judge certifier. Overall badass.
Matthew Quillen – Local dentist turned culinary professional turned coffee coach. Overall badass.
Fashion: Nudie. Vans. Ben Sherman. Alternative Apparel, Hedley & Bennet.
Trivia: Prep for this has been a huge team effort and I have an ocean of people around me in support. The coffee is good and so is the drinks. I have made my company proud, learned a lot in the process and met some amazing, talented people along the way. As far as I’m concerned, champion or not, I’ve won.
Social Medias: @devchap