USBC Competitor Jonathan Paul Doerr, Portola Coffee Lab

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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: Portola Coffee Lab
Number of years behind the bar: 9
Number of competitions: 1
SW Regional Barista Championship – 6th

Coffee: Kemgin

Milk: Straus Creamery


Signature Beverage: 

Put the following into a mixing glass:
2 extractions chilled espresso
11 grams honeydew melon puree
11 grams black plum puree
11 grams prune puree
tisane allowed to steep for 7 minutes (1.5 grams kaffir lime leaf, .6 grams lemongrass, .7 grams tangelo rind, 9 grams orange blossom honey, 50 grams water)

Stir in mixing glass.
Double strain.

Keep under wraps until competition. 🙂


Secret Weapons: My Cat

Playlist: LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
Spoon – “Do You”
??? – ???

(Last song to be decided! Playlist subject to change!)

Theme: Consilience!

Total Practice Hours: So Many

Coach(es): Jennette Green – awesome person. Has a pug. Will be helping my polish wares for days.
Jonathan Knaup – constantly telling me not to waste his time. Pushes me on being the best ambassador to the coffee I’m extracting.
Joseph Harvey Harrison – Portola’s roaster. Making green coffee brown and it tastes so fine!

Fashion: Levi’s pants of some sort. I’ll probably wear some shoes, maybe my New Balances or something else. Socks too, I wear GoldToe socks. Although I just got a pair of socks from REI that are circa 1997. I’ll be wearing a shirt too. And an apron.

Social Medias: @jonpauldoerr