Nashville Qualifier Finalists Announced

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

  1. Dylan Siemens, Onyx Coffee Lab

  2. Samantha Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters

  3. T. Ben Fischer, Elixr Coffee Roasters


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Brewers Cup Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Grace McCutchan, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

  2. Jennifer Hwang, Klatch Coffee

  3. Tyler Duncan, Topeca Coffee Roasters


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Coffee In Good Spirits Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Kris Wood, Black Fox Coffee Co

  2. Nathanael Mehrens, Stay Golden

  3. Matt Foster, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co


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Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Matthew McDaniel, Summit Coffee

  2. Summer Zhang, Onyx Coffee Lab

  3. Aaron Lerner, SkyTop Coffee


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Roaster Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Amanda Hagenbuch, Rival Bros Coffee Roasters

  2. Jeremy Moore, Bonlife Coffee Roasters

  3. Steve Cuevas, Black Oak Coffee Roasters


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