You thought you had a few more months to rest, prep, and mentally calibrate yourself for the 2013 United States Barista Championship competition cycle. You thought wrong. Dates have now officially been set by the SCAA for the opening event in this year’s USBC calendar, and it’s kicking off with a doozy.

The hotly competitive, immensely entertaining Northeast Regional Barista Competition will be held November 2nd-4th at Bally’s Atlantic City. Dallis Bros. Coffee continues their exemplary annual competition presence by anchoring this year’s event, to be held in conjunction with the first-ever Coffee and Tea Festival Atlantic City. will be reporting live from AC all weekend long as your newly appointed official SCAA Digital Media Sponsors. You can follow along right here on and via @sprudge on Twitter for up-to-the-instant live coverage, daily recaps, original interviews and video content, and our best-in-the-business bird’s eye view of the proceedings from Atlantic City.

In the meantime, check out the SCAA’s official event page for NERBC, and be sure to join the NERBC group on Facebook. How many baristas can we photoshop into looking like old-timey Atlantic City gangsters? All of them. The answer is all of them.

Relive our exhaustive coverage of NERBC 2012 – Katie Carguilo’s victory, the joy and agony of Finals Sunday, and Dan Streetman’s many judging facesby clicking this link here.