This past Sunday, we held our first ever in-house barista competition. Shortly after closing, eight baristas showed off their coffee skills and other talents. Highlights included spanish lessons, stories in international development, tear-away pants, Ace of Base, and pulling a shot of espresso with a barista riding on another barista’s back.
In the end, Jeremy Sterner emerged victorious, followed closely by David Flynn and Juliet Han. Randy Kindle took home the Technical Proficiency Award and Mike Sala won the Entertainment/Education Award with his stunning portrayal of a NYC hipster barista. Rachelle, Meredith and Maura wowed us with their poise and delicious beverages, as well.
I’m really proud of all eight that endured some nerves and faced our illustrious panel of judges (Lana Labermeier from Big Bear Cafe, David Fritzler from Tryst/Open City, and Alex Brown from Counter Culture Coffee). It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out to be evaluated in that way and I’m really impressed with their performances.
Part of the point of the competition was to choose our team for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition in February near Pittsburgh. We hope to send Jeremy Sterner, David Flynn and Randy Kindle to represent Peregrine Espresso and the great city of DC. In the coming weeks, look for experimental signature drinks to be tested.