Monthly Archives: April 2012

2012 USBC Finals

We are amazed at the performances given by Lindsey and Travis today. We are also amazed that Travis has advanced to tomorrow’s USBC Finals in Portland, OR. This is the first time a competitor from DC has advanced to the finals and bound to be Peregrine Espresso’s highest placing ever at the United States Barista Championship.

Travis will compete at approximately 2:15 PM PST tomorrow and you can follow the livestream at usbaristachampionship.org. Also, follow us on twitter (@peregrinedc) and on Facebook for updates throughout the day.

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2012 USBC Semi-Finals

We are thrilled that Travis has advanced to today’s semi-finals round of the US Barista Championship to join regional champ Lindsey. They will compete at approximately 11am PT/2pm ET (Travis) and 2:30pm PT/5:30 ET (Lindsey) today. Follow along online at usbaristachampionship.org for a livestream of the competition. The finals announcement should be around 5pm PT.

2012 United States Barista Competition

Travis competes today at approximately 1:20 PST (4:20 EST). Lindsey is already scheduled to compete on Saturday at approximately 2:30 PST (5:30 EST). We’ll post updates here throughout the weekend but follow us on twitter (@peregrinedc) and facebook for the most up-to-date news.

To stream the competition live go to http://usbaristachampionship.org and we will be projecting it at the Capitol Hill store.

Peregrine Baristas Headed to USBC

Peregrine Espresso is excited to announce that we are sending two of our baristas to compete in the United States Barista Championship (USBC) taking place April 19-22 in Portland, Oregon. In just a few days, Travis Beckett and Lindsey Kiser will compete against more than 50 baristas from around the country to claim the title of 2012 United States Barista Champion and to represent the U.S. in the World Barista Championship in June.

The USBC, hosted each year by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), encourages and recognizes professional achievement in the art and skill of espresso beverage preparation and service.
Prior to the USBC, SCAA hosts 6 regional barista competitions all across the country. Any regional competitor can apply to compete in the USBC, with regional winners getting an automatic bid to compete. During their 15 minute performance time, competitors prepare and serve 12 espresso-based drinks: 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos, and 4 signature beverages for a panel of 7 judges. Competitors are judged on the quality of their drinks as well as their technical skills, coffee knowledge and professionalism.

Travis and Lindsey have been with Peregrine Espresso at our Eastern Market location for 2.5 and 3.5 years respectively and both competed in 2011. At this year’s regional competition in Atlanta, Lindsey took top honors, earning the title of 2012 Southeast Regional Barista Champion. Since the regional, Travis and Lindsey have each logged over 100 hours of practice time in preparation for the USBC. According to Lindsey, “Preparations have been challenging but rewarding and I hope they allow me to put forth a great effort in representing the Southeast region.” In addition to perfecting their espressos and cappuccinos, each competitor must also develop an espresso-based signature drink. Travis’s drink for USBC is an iced Idido sundried coffee charged with nitrous oxide, served with an espresso, barley malt, and blueberry float. Lindsey is serving a coconut milk, passion fruit, and espresso beverage served with a side of ginger cotton candy. Travis is “really excited to explore different ways of presenting coffee with the judges.”

Watch the videos below to learn more about their preparations and approach to competing this week.

USBC Preparation Video

Remember when Lindsey, Travis and Randy went to Atlanta to compete in the Southeast Regional Barista Competition? Well, it is now time for the US Barista Championship, happening next weekend in Portland, OR. We are excited to have Lindsey Kiser and Travis Beckett representing Peregrine Espresso at the USBC and they’ve been working very hard to polish their routines. To get a little insight into their preparation and approach to competition, we’ve pot together a couple of videos–the first of which is posted below.