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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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ERIKA VONIE

Company: Everyman Espresso
Number of years behind the bar: 9
Number of competitions: 4

NERBC 2013, 9th
Big Eastern 2014, 2nd in NE
USBC 2014, 11th
Big Eastern 2015, 4th in NE

Coffee: Tairora, Papua New Guinea

Milk: 2%

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Signature Beverage:

2oz peach juice, 2 tsp. tamarind concentrate, 6 shots cooled Tairora espresso, shaken with ice, strained, 1/2 oz jasmine seltzer top

Secret Weapons: I’ve competed with this coffee for three years, I know it as well as my own name.

Playlist: Jai Paul “Jasmine”
Jai Paul “BTSTU”
Chrome Sparks “Marijuana”
FKA Twigs “Pendulum”

Theme: Yes! I’m using the Tairora as a narrative to tie the importance of transparency to the effects that climate change will have on specialty coffee. 

Total Practice Hours: 100 for USBC, 100 for Big Eastern, 50 for the Everyman In-House

Coach(es): While I don’t feel like they were in the role of ‘coach’ I have been privileged enough to have had access to Sam Lewontin and Sam Penix’s competition wisdom and experience. 

Fashion: I’m not wearing any designer apparel, but my hope is that my outfits make people think i’m an evil witch queen. 

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Trivia: My parents and my boyfriend flew out to LBC to watch me, and I convinced my best friend Brian Gelletly to come out and be my support staff. I feel very, very grateful to have such an amazing amount of support from my friends and family. 

Social Medias: Okan_eerieevil / ok.an.eerie.evil