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Here Are Your 2018 United States Coffee Champions

U.S. Barista Championship trophies by Reg Barber. Daily Coffee News photo.

The 2018 United States Coffee Championships wrapped up today at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle following days of intense competition and months of preparation at coffee’s cutting edge. Each of the following champions will represent the U.S. in upcoming world championships.

Without further ado, here are the 2018 U.S. coffee champions:

2018 U.S. Cup Tasters Champions. Daily Coffee News photo.

U.S. Cup Tasters Championship

First Place: Ken Selby of Visions Espresso, Seattle
Second Place: Zayne Dietterick of Keffa Coffee, Baltimore
Third Place: Tommy Tae U Kim of Balrog Coffee, Los Angeles

2018 U.S. Roaster Champions. Daily Coffee News photo.

U.S. Roaster Championship

First Place: Ian Picco of Topeca Coffee Roasters, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Second Place: Evan Schubert of Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Third Place: Mark Michelson of Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, Arkansas
Fourth Place: Hugh Morretta of La Colombe, Philadelphia
Fifth Place: Eric Stone of Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, Charlottesville, Virginia
Sixth Place: Andrew Oberholzer of Joe Coffee Co., New York City

2018 U.S. Brewers Cup Champions. Daily Coffee News photo.

U.S. Brewers Cup Championship

First Place: Rebecca Woodard of George Howell, Boston
Second Place: Justin Goodhart of Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, Denver
Third Place: Kaley Gann of Messenger Coffee, Kansas City, Missouri
Fourth Place: Jennifer Hwang of Klatch Coffee Roasters, Rancho Cucamonga, California
Fifth Place: Tyler Duncan of Topeca Coffee, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sixth Place: Emmeline Wang of Equator Coffee, San Francisco

2018 U.S. Barista Champions. Daily Coffee News photo.

And last but certainly not least:

U.S. Barista Championship

First Place: Cole McBride, Independent, Seattle
Second Place: T. Ben Fischer of Elixr Coffee Roasters, Philadelphia
Third Place: Kay Cheon of Dune Coffee Roasters, Santa Barbara, California
Forth Place: David Castillo of Joe Coffee, New York City
Fifth Place: Andrea Allen of Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, Arkansas
Sixth Place: Sam Neely of Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Cole McBride celebrates his 2018 U.S. Barista Championship win. Daily Coffee News photo.


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