Our coverage of the 2012 United States Barista Championship is sponsored by Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Photography by Sprudge contributor Alex Negranza.
26. Cole McBride, Visions Espresso / Veltons, Seattle @colecoffee @visionsespresso
@colecoffee talks through his capps in “3 sips”: orange cream, butterscotch, bakers chocolate
@colecoffee sig drink: egg white cream, orange blossom water, fresh ginger, gum arabic, grapefruit juice
27. Talya Strader, Intelligentsia, Chicago @talyastrader, @intelligentsia
9:40 “i really like coffees that juicy, sweet, fruit forward…a fig or an apple coming right through”
@talyastrader has this serene, knowledgeable, yet playful streak in her routine…as a high compliment, it's martha stewart-esque
29. Truman Severson, Portola Coffee Lab, Costa Mesa, CA @trumanseverson, @portolacoffee
10:23 “one thing i want to talk about today is versatility” – serves espressos and capps from the same extraction
10:24 mr. severson is a disbeliever in the “espresso goes bad when it sits” trope. he and
@coffeeandbikes should chat
30. Laila Ghambari, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, PDX @lay_luh @stumptowncoffee
10:35 “last month i visited a coffee farm for the very first time…i had a personal experience, something tangible”
10:37 she hands out a map of finca el injerto to her judges – “it's an 8 hour drive from guatemala city to get there”
10:40 coffees used include el tonque and la cima, both from finca el injerto
10:50 well that lived up to the hype.
@lay_luh takes us to finca el injerto, walks us around the farm, drops knowledge
31. Caitlin Corcoran, Parisi Cafe, Kansas City, MO @caitcork, @parisicoffee
10:55 “in the words of slain rapper tupac shakur, i am a reflection of my community” –
@caitcork. the tupac hologram surely approves.
@caitcork‘s routine is a mirror of her SC routine – sig drink is a DELICIOUS handmade shrub with espresso
32. Chandler Rentz, Batdorf & Bronson, ATL @chandlerrentz @batdorfcoffee
@chandlerrentz steady hands on stage, looks like he's feeling good up there
33. Courtney Marie Vaquera, MadCap Coffee Roasters, Grand Rapids, MI @madcapcoffee
11:44 courtney calls out notes of “grapefruit, acidity, molasses sweetness, blackberry at the bottom” for her espresso
34. Lem Butler, Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, NC @sexyfoam @counter_culture
12:09 sig drink: focuses on acids (83g phosphoric acid) and chlorogenic acid (grapefruit juice) w/ sugar and .2g black pepper
12:10 reduces, strains, places in an ice bath, pulls shots – aerates shots & reduction together – voila!
@sexyfoam is a compelling argument for barista comp as athletics. he's a boxer… a knowledgeable boxer.
35. Camila Ramos, Panther Coffee, Miami @milamos @panthercoffee
12:28 sig drink mimics the cuban cordatio experience in the cuban coffee houses of her youth – vaporized cigar smoke and all
36. Isaiah Sheese, Anodyne Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee, WI @anodynecoffee
12:36 “during the harvest, there are no weekends. there is no christmas.”
37. Robbie Britt, Espresso Parts, Morley, MO @robbiebritt @espressoparts_
1:02 capps: “tasting notes are pretty straightforward: raspberries & dark chocolate.the focus of this beverage is texture”
1:03 provides a tangible example to judges to explain his espresso's color – a chemex with wood handle and leather tassle
1:04 providing a concrete reference point for color is ideal for the judges, and could very much play into score sheets
1:08 complex sig drink: coffee cherry tisane, honey, blender, espresso – all about texture
38. Percy Ramirez, Intelligentsia, LA @IntelliPasadena
1:23 “the nicest guy in coffee” – it may well be true.
39. Travis Beckett, Peregrine Espresso, DC @juicegarden @peregrinedc
1:42 a calm, clever, genuine and personal routine from mr. beckett
40. Nora Brady, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasters, St. Louis @kaldis_coffee
41. Greg Lefcourt, OZO Coffee Company, Boulder, CO @ozocoffee
2:12 greg competes using ecuador la libertad espresso roasted by
@ozocoffee – grown at an elevation even higher than denver!
2:13 mr. lefcourt's sig drink includes espresso, honey and chamomile – “paying homage to the life cycle of this coffee”
42. Kevin Bohlin, Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco @kgbohlin @ritualcoffee
3:16i uh, am blown away by what's happening right now
3:18 we'll post pictures… some kinda dried ice smoke bomb thing…you just have to see it.
43. Brady MacDonald, Urban Coffee Lounge, Kirkland, WA @braideee @_ucl
3:22 mr. macdonald is one of only 5 competitors from western washington state at
3:25 earl gray ice cube, yirgacheffe cold brew – “it even gets more fun” – cola with meyer lemon, mint & ginger for aromatics
3:32 mr. macdonald competes w/ coffee from adado cooperative sw ethiopia – goes into serious detail on coop infrastructure improvements
44. Chris Baca, Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, CA @trubaca @vervecoffee
3:41 so baca starts by giving like a 4 minute college-level lecture on global environmental stability & coffee processing
@trubaca‘s coffee is from panama's first-ever organic cert farm – honey & natural processed coffees w/ much less waste vs. washing
45. Michael Harwood, Caffe Driade, Carrboro, NC @bluebarista @caffedriade
4:01 routine focused on variety – pacamara for the capps with dark chocolate, caramel, spice, milk chocolate, mango
4:13 sig drink: mango apple cider shrub, applle cherry balsamic shrub, both took a 10 days to make – adds both espressos
46. Dustin Mattson, Octane Coffee, ATL @DustinColeMmm @octanecoffee
4:29 sig drink: date reduction & honey syrup made with coffee blossom honey from his coffee's farm
4:33 top notch poised performance, calls time at 15:11 – among the longest distance traveled performers, doing ATL proud
47. Sarah Dooley, La Marzocco USA, Seattle @sarahdooley @lamarzocco
4:38 “when customers trust us, they believe what we say, & they taste what we say, & that's so important”
4:42 consistently jealous of the judges when
@sarahdooley is performing. her performance demeanor is always so inviting
4:50 comfort and service. sarahuses a grinder sieve to separate ground coffee density – super unique
48. Phillip Search, Dallis Bros. Coffee, NYC @phineas984 @dalliscoffee
5:00 mr. search so intense on stage, but in a pleasant way. at turns focused, sweet, direct, present, talkative
5:02 also he's got a very rustic looking custom grinder contraption.
49. Jacque DesMarais, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasters, St. Louis @jacquedesmarais, @kaldis_coffee
5:15 it was a pleasure to watch ms. desmarais place in the finals at south central, and awesome to see this routine again
50. Devorah Freudiger, Equator Coffees and Teas, San Rafael, CA @equatorcoffees
5:40 capps with “classic cheesecake notes: cherry topping, graham cracker crust” – devorah of @equatorcoffees
5:43 we should all keep this routine loaded on our phones, to answer the question – “what's a barista competition?”
5:44 devorah's routine is like some lovely segment on a dream coffee / cooking tv show hybrid.
5:48 no srsly you could put a lot of these routines on tv, but this is the one to show mom and dad