Everyone that I’ve told of the Barista Competition that isn’t familiar with the coffee industry doesn’t quite understand the gravity of the presentations and the impressive thought and preparation that goes into each one. This year’s presentations involved liquid nitrogen, physics, and even rare and unknown varietals that haven’t even made it to the general market yet. All-in-all, the weekend was filled with new introductions, interesting conversations, brilliant performances, and lots of coffee.
Verve Coffee Roasters sent three of their best coffee professionals to the conference and competition, Lizzy Sampson (who finished third in the Southwest Regionals), Jared Truby (who took first in the SWRBC), and Chris Baca (who didn’t compete in the regionals, but was a welcome surprise nonetheless).
By the end of the competition, Verve came away boasting two of the top 6 baristas in the nation! Jared took 5th and Chris took 3rd. Congratulations to the both of them. I’m proud to say that I know them and support their cafe every day.