The United States Barista Championship has completed two of its qualifying rounds, with just one left to go. The final qualifier happens at the Big Western Barista Competition, coming up on February 17th-19th in Los Angeles, hosted by the Wilbur Curtis Company and Portola Coffee Lab. Sprudge.com will be live on site to cover this event as Official Media Partners of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. But before that coverage begins, right now we’ve got a clearer picture of who’ll be competing at nationals later this year.
The following 24 baristas have qualified to compete at the 2014 United States Barista Championship, held this coming April in Seattle, Washington. Of those 24 competitors, 8 have earned themselves a first-round bye at nationals by placing either first or second in their respective regions – we'll mark them below with a classic asterisk.
First place finishers have also earned a free trip to Ecuador, courtesy of Cafe Imports. Let’s check out the field so far.
All photos by Charlie Burt for Sprudge.com.
Three days of competition by baristas from across the Central Time Zone, from Houston to Milwaukee and all points between. The weekend produced twelve United States Barista Championship finalists – six per region.
This event happened October 25th-27th 2013, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was hosted by Cafe Imports and the Wilbur Curtis Company. Sprudge.com's coverage of this event was made possible by direct support from Nuova Simonelli, Cafe Imports, and Wilbur Curtis Co.
Three days of competition by baristas from across the Eastern Time Zone, from Boston to Miami. The event crowned twelve United States Barista Championship finalists – six per region.
This event happened January 17th-19th 2014, in Durham, North Carolina, and was hosted by Counter Culture Coffee and Dallis Bros. Coffee. Sprudge.com's coverage of this event was made possible by direct support from Nuova Simonelli, Dallis Bros. Coffee, and Counter Culture Coffee.
Third Place: Dawn Shanks / Independent, Washington, DC / @DawnShanks
Sprudge.com's official coverage of the 2014 United States Barista Championship season continues this weekend in Los Angeles, at the Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Event details and schedules coming soon. A sincere thank you to our regional and national sponsors for this year's coverage – your support makes our work possible.