The final CoffeeChamps Qualifying Event for the 2018-2019 season took place in Nashville, TN January 12-13, 2019. 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 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
Dylan Siemens, Onyx Coffee Lab
Samantha Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters
T. Ben Fischer, Elixr Coffee Roasters
Brewers Cup Qualifying Competition Finalists
Grace McCutchan, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster
Jennifer Hwang, Klatch Coffee
Tyler Duncan, Topeca Coffee Roasters
Coffee In Good Spirits Qualifying Competition Finalists
Kris Wood, Black Fox Coffee Co
Nathanael Mehrens, Stay Golden
Matt Foster, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co
Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition Finalists
Matthew McDaniel, Summit Coffee
Summer Zhang, Onyx Coffee Lab
Aaron Lerner, SkyTop Coffee
Roaster Qualifying Competition Finalists
Amanda Hagenbuch, Rival Bros Coffee Roasters
Jeremy Moore, Bonlife Coffee Roasters
Steve Cuevas, Black Oak Coffee Roasters
Photos courtesy of Sprudge, official media partner of the U.S. Coffee Championships.