Denver Qualifier Finalists Announced

The first CoffeeChamps Qualifying Event for the 2018-2019 season was held in Denver, CO on December 1-2, 2018. Nearly 200 coffee professionals from all over the country gathered to compete to qualify in the U.S. Coffee Championships, which will be held March 15, 2019 in Kansas City, MO. View the finalists for each of the 5 qualifying competitions – Barista, Brewers, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roaster – and the full rankings below.

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Barista Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Sam NeelySwitchback Coffee Roasters

  2. Andrea AllenOnyx Coffee Lab

  3. Emily OrendorffBoxcar Coffee Roasters


Brewers Cup Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Jacob WhiteBird Rock Coffee Roasters

  2. Kaley GannMessenger Coffee

  3. Justin McCormick-GoodhartSweet Bloom Coffee


Coffee in Good Spirits Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Sam SchroederOlympia Coffee

  2. Kimhak EmPeixoto Coffee Roasters

  3. Joshua SmithWest Oak Coffee Bar


Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Sebastian LegnerCopper Door Coffee Roasters

  2. Chris KornmanRoyal Coffee

  3. Jen ApodacaRoyal Coffee


Roaster Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Andrew OberholzerJoe Coffee Co

  2. Shelby WilliamsonHuckleberry Roasters

  3. Jen ApodacaRoyal Coffee

Photos courtesy of Sprudge, official media partner of the U.S. Coffee Championships.