Monthly Archives: March 2010

New Espresso!

Over the weekend, we switched the coffee that we use for brewing espresso.  We have enjoyed using coffee from the Nemba washing station in Kayanza, Burundi, for the past couple of months but are thrilled to now be using a Pulped Natural coffee from Valle del Santuario near San Ignacio, Peru.

This is a delicious coffee that we should have for about two months or so, provided it lasts that long.  Our friends at Counter Culture describe it with notes of pear, tropical fruit and brown sugar.  We would add some sour cherry and chocolate to that, with a fuller body than the Burundian coffee we’ve used most of the spring.

See you soon.


MARBC Results

This past weekend was the Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition.  Our three baristas fared very well, taking home 1st, 3rd and 4th place.

Jeremy Sterner was the champion, with Randy Kindle in 3rd and Grant Machamer in 4th.  2nd place went to our friend Allie Turner leading to a DC sweep of the top four places.  Jeremy will now advance to the semifinal round of the United States Barista Championship in Anaheim in April during the annual SCAA Exposition and Symposium.

At the same venue this past weekend was the Millrock Free Pour Latte Art Championship, which Jeremy Sterner also won, taking home $2500.

We are very proud of our baristas and thank our customers and vendors for all their support.

We made finals!

This afternoon, Randy and Jeremy competed to round out our team’s first-round performances.  Around 5 PM, they announced the six that will advance to the finals round tomorrow.  They are as follows:

Jake Liefer- Beaver Falls, PA

Drew Von Arx- Pittsburgh, PA

Grant Machamer- Washington, DC (Peregrine)

Allie Turner- Washington, DC

Jeremy Sterner- Washington, DC (Peregrine)

Randy Kindle- Washington, DC (Peregrine)

The finals round will begin at noon tomorrow and we should know the winner by around 3:30 PM.

And here is a picture of Julia Rexon from Spruce Street Espresso in Philadelphia eating at rib at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan (coming soon to Penn Quarter in DC):

Grant Competed and was AWESOME!

Here are a couple of pictures of Grant’s competition time.  He did really well this afternoon and we are pumped for Randy and Jeremy to go tomorrow.  I’m hoping that the live feed at usbaristachampionship will be working tomorrow.  I’m sorry to any of you that tried to check out the feed today.


This Friday-Sunday, March 5-7, is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition.  We have three competitors prepared to compete Friday and Saturday with hopes to be able to advance into the finals round on Sunday.

Currently the schedule is as follows:

Friday, 1:12 PM  Grant Machamer

Saturday, 12:53 PM  Jeremy Sterner

Saturday, 1:50 PM  Randy Kindle

The competition will be streamed live at and we will also be streaming it live in the store both Saturday and Sunday (all three days, the competition goes from approximately 12-4 PM.

Stay tuned for updates or go to for more details.