Sunday, May 1, 2011

Coffee News: South Central Barista Competition

So this post is a little late, but you know what they say better late than never, or in this case, "better latte than never". The South Central Barista Competition was 3 weekends ago, and my co-worker Jacque Desmarais competed in it.
Jacque in her element!
She was on FIRE!

We were so pumped at The Coffee Ethic when we found out she made finals, and even more pumped when we found out she got THIRD PLACE!!! This was only our second year represented at this competition, and it was exciting to have The Coffee Ethic win a trophy.

For some background, the South Central Barista Competition is a regional competition for Baristas, or professional makers of coffee drinks. The competition is fierce and prestigious. Competitors make 4 shots of espresso, 4 cappuccinos, and 4 signature espresso based drinks in under 15 minutes. Competitors are judged by 4 sensory judges, 2 technical judges, and a head judge. The top 6 make it to finals and qualify for the United States Barista Competition, or the USBC, which is this weekend in Houton, Texas.

Joe's Awesome Mustache

The top 3 finalists of the South Central Barista Competition were all from Missouri and include:

  • #3 Jacque DesMarais, The Coffee Ethic (Springfield, MO)
  • #2 Stephen Schuh, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting (St. Louis, MO)
  • #1 Joe Marrocco, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting (St. Louis, MO)
(By the way, Joe like Robbie used to work at my mom's cafe in Cape Girardeau. So I am SUPER pumped about 3 current and past co-workers competing at the USBC this weekend.)

Here is a video I made in honor of Jacque competing this weekend at the USBC:

Here is a video Kaldi's made to introduce Joe. It is pretty funny:

I will post the results for the USBC soon!
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