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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!
T. BEN FISCHER
Company: Stone Creek Coffee Roasters
Number of years behind the bar: 2
Number of competitions: 2
Big Central 2014 – 8th
Big Central 2015 – 3rd
Milk: My cat’s favorite: Fatty and sweet and yummy
Signature Beverage: Meow-some (i.e. not yet)
Components: The hot and the cold are both so intense, put them together it just makes sense! ~Olaf from Frozen
Secret Weapons: Flame torch and a cat watch
Playlist: Sleeping with a Friend, Uptown Funk, Earth Wind and Fire, Let it Go. Looped. Remixed. Incredible.
Theme: Theme is based on the Theory of Taste Perception: your ability to taste different flavors at different temperatures. Crazy science!
Total Practice Hours: 10^2+
Coach(es): Sam is my main coach. He has been competing for many years and has so much insight into work flow, competition prep, and balancing work, competition prep, and life. If you have the chance to grab a beer with him sometime, it is worth it.
Christian is another coach and also the guy who sourced my coffee. Great guy with an even better palate. This guy pushed me into early mornings and late nights and it was worth it.
I also wouldn’t have been able to compete without the help and palates of Eric (the Owner of SCC), Drew, Hailey, the staff at Radio Milwaukee (cafe and Radio Station), and the rest of the Stone Creek Clan.
Fashion: A scarf.
Yup, that’s about it.
Trivia: Cats and coffee make the world go round. It really is all you need.
Social Medias: scarfninja1812