It began with 136 competitors. Baristas from across America have been in competition since last October, spread across six regions and three Big Regional events. From that starting group just 18 are left in the 2014 United States Barista Championship cycle, and a schedule has now been set for Semi-Finals Saturday in Seattle. They come from teeming metropolises and humble industrial towns, from established leading roasters and upstart brands. In this list you’ll find present and future coffee directors, cafe owners, and industry leaders. Any one of them could win it all here in Seattle.
Here they are, the top 18 barista competitors in the United States, with just one cut left to go before before the top six baristas in America are declared for Finals Sunday. Let’s get ready to rumble.
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