25 Apr '14, 12am

A Complete Guide To The 2014 United States Barista Championship #USBC2014 from the ground up. #scaa2014

A Complete Guide To The 2014 United States Barista Championship #USBC2014 from the ground up. #scaa2014

Thanks for asking! Barista competitions are like a universal nexus for specialty coffee culture here in the United States, and in many other places around the world. The events themselves follow a deceptively simple format: competitors are given a 15 minute allotment to make four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four “signature drinks”, a distinctive beverage with bottomless capacity for imagination, and restricted only by the exclusion of alcohol. Competitors are judged by both sensory and technical judges, in accordance with a byzantine set of rules formally codified over the last decade-plus of barista competitions around the world. Competitors are given point scores across dozens of metrics, with top scorers advancing through performance rounds until a winner is declared.

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