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Verve On Display in Southwest Regional Barista Competition

Baristas from Verve Coffee Roasters took two of the top three spots at the Southwest Regional Barista Competition this past weekend in Verve’s hometown of Santa Cruz, Calif.

The winning baristas were Jared Truby of Verve Coffee Roasters (first place), Charles Babinski of Intelligentsia Coffee in Los Angeles (second place), and Lizzy Sampson of Verve, who took third.

All six finalists are eligible for the United States Barista Championship, scheduled for April 19-22 in conjunction with the annual SCAA Event.

In this video, Verve’s Lizzy Sampson describes the experience, including how she ditched the script to make her showing “more Lizzy.”