2014 Big Central Barista Competition Quick Reference Schedule

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Welcome to the inaugural event of the 2014 United States Barista Championship season. We're in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2014 Big Central Regional Barista Competition, hosted by Cafe Imports and Wilbur Curtis Co. Your livestream for the weekend is here, and please follow @SprudgeLive on Twitter for up-to-the-second live coverage of the event. … [Read more...]

Industrial Modern Design At The Barista Competition

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The 2014 United States Barista Championship season is almost ready to kick off, beginning with the Big Central Barista Competition - October 25th-27th in Minneapolis. This event is being hosted at Uppercut Boxing Gym by Wilbur Curtis Co. and Cafe Imports, and will draw competition baristas from more than a dozen states, stretching from Wisconsin to … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: Week of January 26th, 2013

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The very best from in coffee news from Sprudge intern Ben Blake. Check out more of his art at Draw Coffee Dot Com.  BCRBC In Requiem: The 2013 Big Central Regional Barista Championship crowned its new champions this week after three days of jam-packed barista routines and Brewer's Cup sessions in Kansas City. We were thrilled to cover the … [Read more...]

Live From Kansas City: North Central Regional Finalists

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Talya Strader, Bow Truss Coffee, Chicago - North Central Region It's said that when considering a champion, the judges at specialty coffee events are asked to think about a competitor's potential beyond the competition floor. Judges aren't just looking for perfect tech scores, or creative sig drinks; they're looking for ambassadors and role … [Read more...]

Live From Kansas City: South Central Regional Finalists

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Reagan Petrehn, Parisi Artisan Coffee - South Central Region  The youngest BCRBC finalist, first-time competitor Reagan Petrehn performs with a sense of purpose and focus. Mr. Petrehn competed using the same Ecuadorian coffee that helped Pete Licata win, and he trained closely with Mr. Licata throughout this competition prep process. That's … [Read more...]

Big Central Finals In Words and Pictures

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The 2013 Big Central Regional Barista Competition was one of the most exciting, competitive, and thought-provoking competitions ever covered by Sprudge.com. It seems unfair to devote time and essays to just the final round, and we hope you had a chance to follow along with our Day 1 and Day 2 Round One highlight coverage throughout the weekend. But … [Read more...]

Pete Licata Can’t Lose: Meet Your New South Central Barista Champion!

Congratulations are in order for Pete Licata, of Parisi Artisan Coffee, your new 2013 South Central Barista Champion! Mr. Licata is a consultant and trainer at Parisi's headquarters in Kansas City, currently with one main cafe location in historic Union Station. Mr. Licata competed using a coffee from the Loja region of southern Ecuador, grown near … [Read more...]

Charlie Habegger Is Your North Central Barista Champ!

A huge congratulations to Charlie Habegger, of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, your 2013 North Central Barista Champion! Mr. Habegger is an educator at Intelligentsia's original Broadway location in Chicago. He competed using Intelligentsia’s Colombia “Amigos de Buesaco”, a Caturra and Castillo variety coffee from Colombia’s southwestern Narino … [Read more...]

2013 Big Central Regional Finalists Schedule

Sprudge.com’s original photography by Charlie Burt – on Twitter as @Tiger_Friend Meet your 2013 Big Central Regional Barista Competition finalists! These 12 world-class baristas have advanced to Finals Sunday at the BCRBC. They represent two distinct regions - 6 finalists for North Central, 6 finalists for South Central - which means we'll have … [Read more...]

Big Central Regionals Day Two Highlights

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Here’s a curated selections of our favorite tweets from throughout the Day Two of the Big Central Regional Barista Competition,  sourced via the @SprudgeLive Twitter feed. Sprudge coverage from BCRBC made possible by direct support from Kaldi’s Coffee, PT’s Coffee, and Nuova Simonelli. Sprudge.com’s original photography at Big Central Regionals … [Read more...]

Big Central Regionals Day 1 Highlights

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A massive, mind-boggling field of talent representing some of the very best baristas in North America, these 26 baristas competed on Day One of the Big Central Regional Barista Championship. Here's a curated selections of our favorite tweets from throughout the day, sourced via the @SprudgeLive Twitter feed. Sprudge coverage from BCRBC made … [Read more...]

North Central Brewers Cup Finals Schedule

Sprudge.com's original photography at Big Central Regionals is shot by Charlie Burt - he's on Twitter as @Tiger_Friend Here's your schedule for the North Central Brewers Cup Finals - 6 competitors, competing on Saturday, January 19th starting at 2:05pm CST. Brewers Cup champions for both regions will be announced on Sunday, January 20th. 1. … [Read more...]

The 2013 Big Central SuperGuide

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Sprudge coverage of the 2013 BCRBC made possible by Kaldi's Coffee, PT's Coffee, and Nuova Simonelli. We're SO excited for this weekend! Sprudge.com and folks from across the North American coffee world are invading Kansas City, Missouri for the Big Central Regional Barista Competition. Expect 3 heated days of world-class barista talent, … [Read more...]

#BCRBC Round One Day Two Schedules – South and North Regions

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Round One, Day Two of the 2013 Big Central Regional Barista Comeptition - Saturday, January 19th, 13 competitors beginning at 9:45 AM CST. WATCH LIVESTREAM HERE. 27. 9:45 Josh Taves, Dogwood Coffee Co., MPLS (NC)  - @CoffeeUpHigh @DogwoodCoffee 28. 10:04 Tyler Hawks, Velvet Espresso Bar, NOLA (SC) - @TylerHawks @ThrowACupCake 29. 10:23 … [Read more...]

#BCRBC Round One Day One Schedule – South and North Regions

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This schedule is for Round One, Day One at the 2013 Big Central Regional Barista Competition, which includes entries from the North Central region (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA, WI, IL, IN, MI) and the South Central region (KS, MO, OK, TX, AR, LA, MS). Competitors from both fields compete throughout the weekend in non-overlapping routines, so from performer … [Read more...]

A Kansas City Dining (And Drinking) Guide For Big Central Regionals

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Kansas City, Missouri! A town with deep roots, a diverse and proud cultural history, and no shortage of awesome stuff to see and do. We're very excited to be headed towards Kansas City for this coming weekend's Big Central Regional Barista Competition. Only problem is, we've never actually been there before. That's why we reached out to 2012 SCRBC … [Read more...]