Fall means a few things around here at Sprudge: a crisp, brisk feeling in the air (all the better to drink coffee with); early football mornings and late baseball pennant chase evenings (both fueled by coffee); the re-dawn of the Pumpkin Spice think piece; and the fast-approaching New York City Coffee Festival, happening October 13th-15th in Manhattan.

This year’s fest is poised to be the biggest and best ever, as the fest has moved digs to the Metropolitan Pavillion at West 18th between 6th and 7th Avenues. The show is poised to be a real who’s who of international coffee in 2017—look for an in-depth preview from us as we draw closer—with 100% of all profits supporting Project Waterfall, a charitable initiative that provides water resources to coffee producing communities in need.

It wouldn’t be an NYC Coffee Festival without a running of the Coffee Masters tournament, that fast-paced, multidisciplinary exhibition of competitive coffee making. Launched in London and now in its fourth season, Coffee Masters returns to Manhattan featuring a global cadre of qualified judges, competitors endowed with a thrilling dexterity and gifted across multiple fields of beverage construction, and a rousing Masters of Ceremony crew, including Gwilym Davies (2009 World Barista Champion), Lem Butler (2016 US Barista Champion), and Sprudge co-founder Jordan Michelman.

Today let’s meet the sixteen competitors who’ll go head to head in the 2017 Coffee Masters Tournament.

Agnieszka Rojewska—Poland—Rojes

Anson Godge—Great Britain—Ozone Coffee Roasters

Varvara Stukalo—Russia—Coffee Mania

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Christos Andrews—USA—Ghost Note Coffee

Omar Maagaard Hossain—USA—Brownsville Roasters

Dylan Siemens—USA—Onyx Coffee Lab

Erica Lee Vonie—USA—Variety Coffee Roasters

Janis Podins—Denmark—The Coffee Collective

Jimmy Dimitrov—United Kingdom—Clifton Coffee Roasters

Justin Lacher—USA—Intelligentsia Coffee

Mason Salisbury—USA—Luminous Coffee Specialists

Pip Zebrowan—USA—Starbucks

Reef Bessette—USA—Saint Frank Coffee

Rie Hanao—Sweden—Koppi

Rob Clarijs—The Netherlands—Beanspire

Shinsaku Fukayama—Australia—St. Ali

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