This past weekend, a team of three Peregrine Espresso baristas traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in the annual America’s Best Coffeehouse Eastern Regional Competition as a part of the Coffee Fest tradeshow. After three days of competition against five other teams of baristas from throughout the east coast, Peregrine Espresso’s team won the 1st place trophy, $2000 and a berth at the National Finals competition in 2016. Peregrine’s team was comprised of Allison Bouley, Britt Calder and Joseph Stout and they bested Seeds Coffee Company of Birmingham, AL, and Black Water Loft of Floyd, VA, in Sunday’s finals round.
The America’s Best Coffeehouse competition debuted in Seattle in fall 2012 with a two-year regional cycle leading up to the first America’s Best Coffeehouse National Finals competition in fall 2014. The competition’s founders created it “to evaluate teamwork, hospitality, aptitude, professionalism, presentation and limits.” Each team is given 15 minutes to set up, 30 minutes of service time and 15 minutes to clean up, replicating a short shift at a busy neighborhood coffeehouse. During the service time, the teams serve a standard menu of coffee and espresso drinks to a mixture of customer judges as well as tradeshow attendees.
Peregrine Espresso previously won the America’s Best Coffeehouse Eastern Regional in New York in February 2013 and sent a team to the 2014 National Finals. Peregrine’s team placed fourth at the National Finals in Portland, OR, as Palace Coffee Company of Canyon, Texas, was crowned champion. Baristas from Peregrine Espresso have also placed highly in individual competitions, twice winning SCAA Regional Barista Competitions and twice placing in the top ten at the United States Barista Championship as well as placing highly in Latte Art and Brewer’s Cup competitions.
Owner of Peregrine Espresso, Ryan Jensen, says, “We think it’s a really valuable experience to compete because it allows our staff an opportunity to engage the national coffee community and share new ideas about coffee. It’s doubly rewarding to place well and I’m so proud of our team for their work both this weekend and every day.”
We’ve always had a commitment to our staff to allow them the ability to visit family and friends around holidays. Sometimes, we need to reduce our hours of operation a bit while we are short-staffed. Also, December 25 is the only day we close annually.
Here are our hours on the impacted days through January 1:
December 24: Eastern Market 7-1, MidCity 8-1, Union Market 8-3
December 25: all locations closed
December 26: Eastern Market 8-3, MidCity 8-2, Union Market 8-8
December 27: Eastern Market 8-3, MidCity 7-9, Union Market 8-8
December 28: Eastern Market 8-3, MidCity 8-7, Union Market 8-8
December 31: Eastern Market 7-7, MidCity 7-7, Union Market 8-8
January 1: Eastern Market 8-8, MidCity 8-8, Union Market closed
We recently switched to a new online market to better serve all you online shoppers. Find it here and shop away. There are gift cards, brewing devices, consumer class signups and coffee for yourself or your loved ones. There is even an option to buy a class as a gift and we can work out the date later.
Also, we got in a new batch of t-shirts yesterday. We brought back an old design by popular demand and put it on some new colors. The Unisex shirts are Heather Imperial Purple and the Women’s sizes are in Heather Forest and are all American Apparel Poly-Cotton. Find them at your closest Peregrine or in the online shop linked above.
Here are our hours for the holiday:
Eastern Market: 7am-1pm
Union Market: closed
Friday, we resume normal hours as posted on our website.
In February 2013, we sent a team of three of our staff to Coffee Fest New York to compete in the Eastern regional of the America’s Best Coffeehouse competition. After two rounds, our team wound up winning the competition, a cash prize and a spot in National Finals happening this weekend in Portland, OR.
Our team for this weekend is Jeremy Sterner, Dawn Shanks and Monique Sommer- all longtime members of our Eastern Market staff. They will be competing against some of the best coffeehouses in the country- Klatch Coffee (LA), Ipsento (Chicago), Slate (Seattle), Cafe Grumpy (NY) and Palace Coffee Company (Canyon, TX). The first round of the competition begins this morning and continues tomorrow before the finals on Sunday.
The America’s Best Coffeehouse competition is a team competition as “dueling coffeehouse teams of three employees each will be filling roles such as barista, bar back, and greeter/cashier, who will serve attendees and judges.” (from ABC website) The performance is scored on drink quality, efficiency, cleanliness and customer service and this weekend’s national champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize as well as some intense bragging rights. Wish our team luck!
Last winter, we had an opportunity to have our pick of some small Ecuadorian lots Counter Culture Coffee had brought in and used it as an opportunity to have two giant staff cuppings to taste and vote on the coffees that would be served at each of the coffee bars. We were happy to bring our staff together again last week to taste 22 (yes, twenty-two) fantastic coffees and make some tough decisions about which ones to serve our lovely customers.
All shops will also be serving Concepcion Huista (Guatemala) and our espresso coffee will be Sipacapa (Guatemala). Here are the results for the rest:
Eastern Market: Kambarari (Kenya), Elias Benata Sundried (Ethiopia), Finca Mauritania (El Salvador), Olke Birre (Ethiopia)
MidCity: Muso (Kenya), Aleme Wako Sundried (Ethiopia), Olke Birre (Ethiopia), Finca Kilimanjaro (El Salvador)
Union Market: Thiriku Peaberry (Kenya), Aleme Wako Sundried (Ethiopia), Olke Birre (Ethiopia), Los Alpes Peaberry (El Salvador)
These coffees are all available now but many of them are very small lots so don’t wait around long to get your taste.
On August 29, 2008, Peregrine Espresso first opened on Capitol Hill. This year, to celebrate our anniversary, we decided to feature a coffee from one of our former baristas, David Nigel Flynn, at Belleville Brulerie in Paris.
Hunapu, Antigua, Guatemala
Cup= $2.50 Bag= $16
David (pictured below) was one of our opening day baristas and worked for us for just over a year as he finished up college and decided his next move. His next move ended up being to Paris, France, where he continued a part-time coffee job while working at a marketing firm. Eventually, he decided to pursue coffee full-time again and, after stints at two cafes, started Telescope with a friend in spring 2012. After about a year of operation, David decided to start a roasting company and sold his share in Telescope. Belleville Brulerie opened a year ago in Paris and have been roasting some of the finest coffees in the city and growing the Paris specialty coffee scene. We are excited to offer their Antigua Hunapu from Guatemala and are proud of all that David has done in the last five years since moving on from Peregrine. Enjoy this taste of Paris in DC.
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