This Saturday was the Oregon State Fair and the Best Coffee In Oregon Championships.
The competition was going to be more intense this year. There were 6 judges and professional baristas pulling the shots.
From their website:
Double-Blind Judging, minimum of three qualified judges. (See rules below)
Commercial roasters only and all compete on the same platform. (No annual volume requirements).
Three categories: Signature Blend, Single-Varietal, and Espresso.
Coffee will be presented in traditional cupping formats based on industry profiling standards.
All coffees will be handled by competition-level baristas to insure optimal extraction per entry.
They asked us to make a video about our business. Then they played it on the big screen in front of the people watching the competition!
Our Blend No. 5 was being judged in the espresso category. The barista’s served the panel of 6 judges each a shot of espresso AND cappuccino to see how the flavor changed with milk. The presenters this year were top notch.
From their website:
Best Coffee In Oregon 2013 is not a barista competition. However, all coffees will be handled by award winning competition-level baristas to insure optimal extraction per entry. Presenters are:
Devin Chapman – Chapman holds the title of Champion for the NW Regional Brewers Cup (NWRBC) for 2011 and 2012. This is the first time ever that one person has held on to this prestigious title. Along with his NWRBC Championship, Chapman also was the NW Regional Barista Champion 2012, 2013, and placed 4th in United States Barista Championship (USBC) in 2012. Devin is the current Retail Director for Coava Coffee in Portland, OR.
Jon Lund – Lund has been in the coffee industry since 2005. He worked as the head of wholesale training for Portland’s Stumptown. Lund’s responsibilities at Stumptown included the training of 100′s of people in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin, Texas on bar skills, processing and customer service. Currently Lund works at Coava Coffee in Portland, Oregon.
Brett Felchner has been working in specialty coffee since 2006, beginning in Milwaukee, WI. Working at a wholesale client of Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. and then moving to Anodyne directly to become roaster’s apprentice/wholesale trainer he worked and helped to build the Milwaukee coffee scene up until his departure to Portland in 2011. Now working for BARISTA, Brett continues to compete both on a regional and national level. Brett h as 4 regional and 2 national appearance in competition with being a finalist in this past season’s NWRBC. Alongside competition, Brett is heavily involved in the Portland coffee community and continues to help build in the specialty coffee industry.
James got to try a cappuccino.
The judges drank a ton of coffee that day. The results were in, and I was in the top ten for espresso out of the entire State of Oregon!
This competition was great and it was a major honor to be a part of it. Looking forward to 2014!
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A very huge thanks to Good Bean Coffee for sponsoring this amazing event!