Announcing the 2019 U.S. Coffee Champions!

The U.S. Coffee Championships took place on March 15-17, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Nearly 200 coffee professionals from all over the country gathered to witness the final qualifying competition leading to the U.S. Coffee Championships, which will be held March 15, 2019 in Kansas City, MO. View the U.S. Champions and finalists for each of the 5 competitions – Barista, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roaster – and the full rankings below.

The U.S. Coffee Champions will move on to the World Coffee Championships in Boston or Berlin later this year. There, they will represent the United States amongst a field of 65 sanctioned National Bodies all vying for the title of World Champion.

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U.S. Barista Championship

  1. Samantha Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters

  2. Andrea Allen, Onyx Coffee Lab

  3. T. Ben Fischer, Elixr Coffee Roasters

  4. Dylan Siemens, Onyx Coffee Lab

  5. Sam Neely, Switchback Coffee Roasters

  6. Emily Orendorff, Boxcar Coffee Roasters



U.S. Brewers Cup

  1. Kaley Gann, Messenger Coffee

  2. Justin Goodhart, Sweet Bloom Coffee

  3. Lance Hedrick, Onyx Coffee Lab

  4. Jacob White, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

  5. Jennifer Hwang, Klatch Coffee

  6. Chelsey Walker-Watson, Atlas Coffee Importers


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U.S. Coffee In Good Spirits Championship

  1. Matthew Foster, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co.

  2. Samuel Schroeder, Olympia Coffee

  3. Brodie Lewis, Madcap Coffee Company

  4. Nathaneal Mehrens, Stay Golden

  5. Joel Cronenberg, Provision Coffee

  6. Dakota Graff, Onyx Coffee Lab



U.S. Cup Tasters Championship

  1. Jen Apodaca, Royal Coffee

  2. Summer Zhang, Onyx Coffee Lab

  3. Samuel Gurel, Sovda Coffee

  4. Helen Choi, Luce Avenue Coffee Roasters

  5. Cameron Metzinger, Backyard Beans Coffee

  6. Roman DeShong, Amethyst Coffee Co.



U.S. Roaster Championship

  1. Shelby Williamson, Huckleberry Roasters

  2. Hugh Moretta, La Colombe Coffee Roasters

  3. Mark Boccard, Southdown Coffee

  4. Janine Cundy, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

  5. Steve Cuevas, Black Oak Coffee Roasters

  6. Eric Stone, Mudhouse Coffee Roasters


Photos by Isbell Creative (Barista, Coffee in Good Spirits) and Nicole McCroskey Photography (Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters, Roaster).