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.

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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.

(Relive our complete coverage from the 2014 Big Central Regional Barista Competition.)

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* First Place: Josh Wismans / Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee, Wisconsin / @joshwismans @ColectivoCoffee

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Josh Wismans / Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

* Second Place: Brenna Kail / Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago / @Intelligentsia

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Brenna Kail / Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago

Third Place: Josh Taves / Dogwood Coffee Co., Minneapolis / @coffeeuphigh @DogwoodCoffee

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Josh Taves / Dogwood Coffee Co., Minneapolis

Fourth Place: Talya Strader / Bow Truss Coffee Roasters, Chicago / @BowTruss @TalyaStrader

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Talya Strader / Bow Truss Coffee Roasters, Chicago

Fifth Place: Sam Brown / Stone Creek Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee / @stonecreekcoffe

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Sam Brown / Stone Creek Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee

Sixth Place: Andrew Grassmick / Madcap Coffee Co., Grand Rapids, MI / @angentpilgrim @madcapcoffee

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Andrew Grassmick / Madcap Coffee Co., Grand Rapids, MI

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* First Place: Tyler Rovenstine / Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters, Kansas City / @oddlycorrect @TRovenstine

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Tyler Rovenstine / Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters, Kansas City

* Second Place: David Fasman / Kaldi’s Coffee, St. Louis / @Kaldis_Coffee @DavidFasman

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David Fasman / Kaldi’s Coffee, St. Louis

Third Place: Patrick Burns / Palace Coffee Company, Canyon, TX / @palacecoffee

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Patrick Burns / Palace Coffee Company, Canyon, TX

Fourth Place: Mike Marquard / Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis /  @BlueprintCoffee @mikenorth

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Mike Marquard / Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis

Fifth Place: David Buehrer / Blacksmith, Houston / @Bl4cksmith @greenwaybarista

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David Buehrer / Blacksmith, Houston

Sixth Place: Nora Brady / Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis / @BlueprintCoffee @snackpackbrady

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Nora Brady / Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis

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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.

(Relive our complete coverage from 2014 Big Eastern Regional Barista Competition.)

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* First Place: J. Park Brannen / Counter Culture Coffee, NYC /  @counter_culture @jparkbrannen

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J. Park Brannen / Counter Culture Coffee, NYC

* Second Place: Erika Vonie / Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia / @ultimocoffee @OkAn_EerieEvil 

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Erika Vonie / Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia

Third Place: Corey Reilly / Everyman Espresso, Manhattan / @everymanny @Cor_Rei

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Corey Reilly / Everyman Espresso, Manhattan

Fourth Place: Joshua Littlefield / Intelligentsia Coffee, NYC / @Intelligentsia @IntelliNYC @littlejfield

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Joshua Littlefield / Intelligentsia Coffee, NYC

Fifth Place: Hadassah Wilson / Square One Coffee, Lancaster, PA / @squareonecoffee @hadassahedith

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Hadassah Wilson / Square One Coffee, Lancaster, PA

Sixth Place: Tamara Vigil / Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, NYC / @IrvingFarm

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Tamara Vigil / Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, NYC

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* First Place: Camila Ramos / Panther Coffee, Miami / @panthercoffee @milamos

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Camila Ramos / Panther Coffee, Miami

* Second Place: Trevor Corlett / Madcap Coffee Co., Washington, DC  / @MadcapCoffee @tjorlet

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Trevor Corlett / Madcap Coffee Co., Washington, DC

Third Place: Dawn Shanks / Independent, Washington, DC / @DawnShanks

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Dawn Shanks / Independent, Washington, DC

Fourth Place: Tim Jones / Jubala Coffee, Raleigh, NC /  @JubalaCoffee @TimmJones

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Tim Jones / Jubala Coffee, Raleigh, NC

Fifth Place: Michael Butterworth / Quills Coffee, Louisville, KY / @QuillsCoffee @mjbutterworth

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Michael Butterworth / Quills Coffee, Louisville, KY

Sixth Place: Nathan Nerswick / 5 & 10, Athens, GA / @fiveandten @nateners

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Nathan Nerswick / 5 & 10, Athens, GA

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.