Team Peregrine First at America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition

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.


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