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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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SAM LEWONTIN

Company: Everyman Espresso
Number of years behind the bar: 14
Number of competitions: 6
NERBC 2011 – 7th
NERBC 2012 – 4th
USBC 2012 – I honestly can’t remember. 20-somethingth?
NERBC 2013 – 1st
USBC 2013 – 4th
NERBC 2015 – 1st

Coffee: Finca Los Alpes, El Salvador – Kenya variety separation

Milk: Stonyfield Farms whole milk

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Signature Beverage:

Espresso (see above) – 3 extractions
Chrysanthemum flower syrup – 3/4oz.
Distilled white vinegar – 1.5g.
Grapefruit peel – muddled, expressed, and as garnish.

Secret Weapons: Hospitality

Playlist: TBD

Theme: Distilling the many complexities of coffee into simple, accessible service.

Total Practice Hours: 200+ so far this season.

Coach(es): I don’t know about coaches, per se, but lot of folks have contributed to this routine, all of whom you already know well:

Meister
J. Park Brannen
Jesse Kahn
Sam Penix
Tommy Gallagher
Erin McCarthy
Corey Reilly-Davis
Erika Vonie
Brian Gelletly
Anna Utevsky

…and probably many more besides, though I’m having trouble pulling more names out of my hat.

Fashion: I’ll tell you as soon as I’ve figured it out.

Social Medias: @coffeeandbikes (Twitter) / @coffeeplusbikes (Instagram)

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