In February 2013, we sent a team of three of our staff to Coffee Fest New York to compete in the Eastern regional of the America’s Best Coffeehouse competition. After two rounds, our team wound up winning the competition, a cash prize and a spot in National Finals happening this weekend in Portland, OR.
Our team for this weekend is Jeremy Sterner, Dawn Shanks and Monique Sommer- all longtime members of our Eastern Market staff. They will be competing against some of the best coffeehouses in the country- Klatch Coffee (LA), Ipsento (Chicago), Slate (Seattle), Cafe Grumpy (NY) and Palace Coffee Company (Canyon, TX). The first round of the competition begins this morning and continues tomorrow before the finals on Sunday.
The America’s Best Coffeehouse competition is a team competition as “dueling coffeehouse teams of three employees each will be filling roles such as barista, bar back, and greeter/cashier, who will serve attendees and judges.” (from ABC website) The performance is scored on drink quality, efficiency, cleanliness and customer service and this weekend’s national champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize as well as some intense bragging rights. Wish our team luck!