This past weekend, three of our staff traveled to New York to compete at Coffee Fest’s America’s Best Coffeehouse Eastern Region competition. After competing Friday, they advanced to Sunday’s final round and were awarded first place, beating out Mudhouse from Charlottesville, VA, and Muggswigz from Canton, OH, in the finals.
During the competition, each team was given an hour to set up their cafe (15 mins), serve customers (30 mins) and clean their station (15 mins). The teams were judged on a number of factors, including beverage quality, customer service, teamwork, communication, cleanliness, efficiency and knowledge. We were proud to send Jeremy Sterner, Dawn Shanks and Emily Doenlen to represent Peregrine and they clearly performed very well.
Coffee Klatch of San Dimas, CA, took home the Western Region title in the fall with a team featuring two-time United States Barista Champion Heather Perry. The Central Region competition is coming up this summer in Chicago.
For more on the competition, read this article on WTOP’s website, this blurb on Barista Magazine’s blog and the competition rules on Coffee Fest’s website.
This weekend, three of our staff are heading to NYC to compete in the America’s Best Coffeehouse competition held at Coffee Fest New York. This is the first year for the competition, which debuted for the Western Region in the fall at Coffee Fest Seattle. Of the applicant cafes, only seven were selected to compete this weekend and will each have an hour-long competition time including 15 minutes of setup, 30 minutes of customer service and 15 minutes of clean-up. The teams are judged on beverage quality, customer service, cleanliness and teamwork. We’re excited for the team we are sending (Jeremy, Dawn and Emily) and we’ll be sure to update here and on Twitter (@peregrinedc) as the weekend progresses. Also, Jeremy Sterner will be competing in the Latte Art World Championship Open.
Also happening this week- our very own Lindsey Kiser–2012 Southeast Regional Barista Champion–is traveling in Costa Rica with a group of barista champions visiting coffee farms and learning all about the intricacies of coffee production. We can’t wait for her to return to share her experiences, knowledge and pictures.