The 1st 2 USCC prelim events were held this weekend. We've got pics, results & more:
In the last few years, we’ve seen coffee competitions hosted in large venues with lots of fanfare—baristas are mic-ed up, there’s a Livestream for those not in attendance, and dozens of volunteers are called on to judge, clean, calibrate, and keep the event moving. Simply put, these events took a lot of time and energy. The switch to more regionally driven events means competitions in smaller venues, shorter programs, and a larger focus on the local coffee community. There are six more competitions to go, so it’s still up in the air as to how this new format will be received and if the format achieves the goal of bringing in more competitors at a lower cost to baristas.