30 Mar '18, 3pm

First Year Competitors—Jenna Gotthelf of Everyman Espresso https://t.co/p3QbI0s8NF

First Year Competitors—Jenna Gotthelf of Everyman Espresso https://t.co/p3QbI0s8NF

That coffee did not taste good, but I had a blast. I brought milk from the Highlawn Farm up in Lee, Mass., and got to introduce the fantastic bovine lifestyle. I put my cappuccino saucers on the other side of the espresso machine and forgot about them, which gave me the opportunity to make a flying saucer joke. My signature drink smelled like the pickles off a McDonald’s cheeseburger. (This line briefly broke the final competitor of the day Erika Vonie’s concentration during her prep time. No big deal though—she went on to crush it and take second place.) Judges came out from behind the curtains of deliberation because of the way my voice carried through the space. I got helpful feedback from my judges encouraging me to continue competing. It was an experience that changed my life. I learned that the coffee industry is a community made of incredible people who elevate and ...

Full article: http://www.baristamagazine.com/first-year-competitors-jen...

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