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Winners of the 2017 US Coffee Championships

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The scene from Day Two at the US Cup Tasters Championship, where host Marcus Boni of Espresso Supply is looking for a red dot on the bottom of the cup to see if the competitor has chosen the correct coffee.

One of the most inspiring things in being around the competition floor of the U.S. Coffee Championships is talking to the colleagues, close friends, mentors and mentees of the competitors. The nervous and sympathetic energy is contagious and palpable. It may not necessarily be “OMG, I’m going to puke” palpable, or at least onlookers and competitors alike are doing their best to conceal that sensation, maintain composure and play it cool.

People that closely involved likely resumed breathing freely as the results of yesterday’s Championships finals were announced during the final day of the SCA Expo in Seattle. But for the farther removed, we present below the final standings in full. Winners of these championships will move on to the World Coffee Championships, which, depending on the category, will be taking place in Budapest or Seoul later this year.

2017 U.S. Barista Championship

1st place: Kyle Ramage, Mahlkonig USA
2nd place: Andrea Allen, Onyx Coffee Lab
3rd place: Talya Strader, Equator Coffees & Teas
4th place: Sam Lewontin, Everyman Espresso
5th place: Bethany Hargrove, Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters
6th place: Josh Taves, Novo Coffee

2017 U.S. Roaster Championship

1st place: Mark Michaelson, Onyx Coffee Lab
2nd place: Tony Querio, Spyhouse Coffee
3rd place: Taylor Gresham, Evocation
4th place: Tim Maestas, Augie’s Coffee House
5th place: Chris Vigilante, Vigilante Coffee
6th place: Evan Inatome, Elixr Coffee Roasters

2017 U.S. Brewers Cup

1st place: Dylan Siemens, Onyx Coffee Lab
2nd place: Chelsey Walker-Watson, Slate Coffee Roasters
3rd place: Jacob White, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
4th place: Jessica Rodriguez, Klatch Coffee
5th place: Tommy Kim, Andante Coffee
6th place: Michael Schroeder, Oddly Correct Coffee

2017 Cup Tasters Championship

1st place: Steve Cuevas, Black Oak Coffee Roasters
2nd place: Anderson Stockdale, Blacksmith
3rd place: Samuel Demisse, Keffa Coffee