USBC Competitor Kyle Ramage, Mahlkonig USA

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Company: Mahlkonig USA
Number of years behind the bar: 4
Number of competitions: 3

A couple regional Brewers cups, and a horrible showing at the last SERBC.

Coffee: Colombia El Receurdo/ Nelly Hurtado roasted by Verve

Milk: Sponsored Milk most likely Strauss


Signature Beverage:

Aromatic Spray
Coconut Water
Tonic Syrup

Simple Simple

Secret Weapons: A killer coffee, and that southern charm

Playlist: -Ships – deep sea diver
-No one’s gonna love you – Band of Horses
-pride – Thad Cockrell
-NWO – deep sea diver
– cissy strut – the meters

The guitarist for deep sea diver works for Espresso Supply.

Theme: Cooperation and communication throughout the. Supply chain to build value for the future.

Total Practice Hours: Who know. Quite a few.

Coach(es): No coaches just some rad friends from around the world who shared there wisdom.

Fashion: @sturdybros apron just an apron.

Trivia: So many people helped me get here. My Boss Gary is the man. I set out to be the only Equipment sponsor to compete in the national comp we sponsor. He has been super supportive.
-Coffee by Verve. They have been great Jesse Crouse in particular.
-serviceware by @haandmade in North Carolina where MK is based.

Social Medias: Kyle_rampage @mahlkonigusa