The competition is organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and features a competition format that tests the baristas’ technical skill as well as knowledge and passion for coffee, in a viewer friendly way. The United States Barista Championship was developed by the SCAA to help increase Barista skill and knowledge across the country. Many events are planned around the main competition to further increase awareness of coffee, and its inter-relationship with the culinary industry, such as the newly showcased Brewers Cup Competition.
Scott Conary, President of Carrboro Coffee Roasters will also be present at the 4-day competition in Houston. Mr. Conary will be there to lead the judges training and support the event as the SCAA Chair of the USBC Committee. Mr. Conary is responsible for overseeing all 6 regions of the USA competitions as well as this National Competiton, and will spend the 2 days before the competition calibrating the judges.. Added to his experienced resume are his responsibilities as a member of the World Barista Championship (WBC) Certification Committee, which is responsible for judges training for National Competitons around the world, and at the WBC, which will be held this year in Bogota, Colombia, in June.
“I am was very proud to represent Carrboro Coffee Roasters at the competition using our Honduras Cup of Excellence coffee which recently won the Good Food Awards in San Francisco” said Harwood. "It is an honor to represent The farm, El Aguacate, and the Farmer, Sr. Sosa Calderon, as well as to represent the best coffee can be, while also enjoying the amazing feel of community that is truly unique to our industry.”
“There is nothing more gratifying that watching these Barista's interact in support of one another, regardless of the competition format", Conary stated. " Carrboro Coffee Roasters is proud to support the event and a barista like Michael who has shown an amazing dedication to the craft of espresso preparation and the coffee industry. His dedication to the origin of this coffee is amazing and no doubt played a part in his Regional win and will allow him to shine on this National level”.
The U.S. Barista Championships fosters the development of the Barista and the coffee industry through a competition format with the goal of increasing education and skill level for all. This event will select a National Champion to represent the U.S. in the World Competition¸
For more info go to : www.usbaristachampionship.org .
About the Specialty Coffee Association of America
The SCAA was established in 1982, built from a desire to unlock the potential of coffee and bring pleasure to millions of people each day. Today, the SCAA is the world’s largest coffee trade association and provides education, training, resources and business services to its members in more than 40 countries. The SCAA serves every sector of the coffee industry, from growers to roasters to retailers. The commitment to adapt to a changing industry has allowed the organization to provide standards, statistics, and resources to its members. In addition, the SCAA will host its annual exposition in April in Anaheim, CA. Visit www.scaa.org.
About Carrboro Coffee Roasters
Since 2004, Carrboro Coffee Roasters , with over 25 years of combined experience in roasting & the retail coffee industry, has been Chapel Hill/Carrboro's premiere small batch coffee roaster. Carrboro Coffee is a local business with a worldwide reach that focuses on, works within, and gives back to the community they live in and the world at large. The coffee is sourced with those ideals in mind. Along with that all important consideration of sourcing the best quality and tasting coffee, they also are careful to source coffee that is grown and processed humanely and allows the farmers the means to live decently.
For more information call 919.968.4760 or visit www.carrborocoffee.com