U.S. Barista Championship

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The regional coffee competitions include performances from professional baristas over a 3-day event. In a 15-minute presentation, competitors prepare and serve three courses of espresso based beverages to a panel of four sensory judges, two technical judges and one head judge. Competitors strive for a harmonious balance of sweetness, bitterness, acidity, and aromatics. A signature beverage is a highly innovative, freestyle espresso-based beverage created by the barista for the competition.

Road to the U.S. Barista Championship

1st - 6th place regional winners advance to compete at the U.S. Barista Championships which will take place at the U.S. Coffee Championship Arena in Long Beach, CA.

The U.S. Barista Championship hosted by Espresso Supply, Inc. 

The United States Barista Championship (USBC) is a platform for baristas to enhance their espresso beverage making skills through an exciting and challenging competition. In 15 minutes, the barista must prepare and serve espressos, cappuccinos, and a personally designed signature beverage for four sensory judges; all while being assessed on their preparation abilities by two technical judges. The USBC is more than a competition; it’s a place to develop community and meet other coffee lovers from across the US. Throughout the year, baristas from all across the country compete in six regional competitions to qualify for this national event and the winner of the USBC will go on to represent the United States in the World Barista Championship at The SCAA Event in Seattle, WA on April 9-12.

To  register as a competitor in the Big Western, click here.

WATCH LAILA GHAMBARI’S 2014 WINNING PERFORMANCE:

 

current & past champions

Lemuel Butler

Competing for:
Counter Culture Coffee

Raleigh, NC

2016

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Charles Babinski

Competing for:
Go Get 'Em Tiger and G & B

Los Angeles, CA

2015

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Laila Ghambari

Competing for:
Cherry Street Coffee House

Seattle, WA

2014

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Pete Licata

Competing for:
Parisi Coffee

Kansas City, MO

2013, 2011

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Katie Carguilo

Competing for:
Counter Culture Coffee

Brooklyn, NY

2012

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Michael Phillips

Competing for:
Intelligentsia Coffee/Handsome Coffee Roasters

Los Angeles, CA

2010, 2009

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Kyle Glanville

Competing for:
Intelligentsia Coffee Company

Chicago, IL

2008

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Heather Perry

Competing for:
Klatch Coffee, Inc.

Upland, CA

2007, 2003

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Matt Riddle

Competing for:
Intelligentsia Coffee Company

Chicago, IL

2006

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Phuong Tran

Competing for:
Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea Co.

Seattle, WA

2005

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Bronwen Serna

Competing for:
Hines Public Market Coffee

Seattle, WA

2004

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Dismas Smith

Competing for:
Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea Co.

Seattle, WA

2002

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