The U.S. Barista Championship & Brewers Cup took place in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. Although we didn’t make the cross-country trek to Portland, we’d like to congratulate all the competitors and top finalists who represented the South’s budding craft-coffee culture in the Northwest. Of the 12 national finalists nearly half hail from the South.
Andy Sprenger, head coffee roaster at Annapolis, Maryland’s Ceremony Coffee Roasters, won first place in the Brewers Cup and will advance to the World Brewers Cup in Vienna (June 12-15). Andy also won the 2011 Brewers Cup national title last year. The South represented half of the six finalists for Brewers Cup, including Andy, Dut Goodman of Batdorf & Bronson in Atlanta, and Lorenzo Perkins of Cuvee Coffee in Austin. We spoke with Dut in Atlanta during regionals eariler this year and he was more eager to talk about his Southern, coffee community than his ambitions for finals. The morning after a late-January fire destroyed Safehouse Coffee & Tea, a non-profit cafe and small-batch roaster in Griffin, Georgia, Dut and a Batdorf & Bronson co-worker set up a pop-up coffee bar outside of the smoldering shop in Griffin to raise money for the rebuild.
This year’s barista champion, Katie Carguilo of Counter Culture Coffee will also advance to the finals Vienna. Although Katie represents the North Carolina-based coffee company in their New York City roastery, her roots were formed in Washington, D.C., at Murky Coffee in Georgetown, so we’re proud to call her one of our own.
Travis Beckett, of Peregrine Espresso in D.C., made it to the top six using one of our favorite coffees, Counter Culture’s fruity sun-dried Ethiopian Idido. This is the second time we saw Peregrine rise in the ranks this year. Lindsey Kiser, another star barista at the café, won the title in the Southeast Regional Barista Competition in February.
Congratulations to all of our region's coffee gurus.
By: Kelsey Snell