We just finished the last day of the SCAA event 2013 and what a day. It was a hard start this morning after a long night out here in Boston, but we started promptly at 9 AM, checking in at the Barista Nation Satellite Cafe to make sure everything would go well for our featured coffee sharing and coffee talk today. Our friends from Verve Coffee Roasters got us started with some nice Colombian coffee and they made sure we are ready to go for our turn at the Cafe.
Promptly at noon we took over the helm of the Barita Nation Cafe and we had something very special to offer to our visitors. We pulled some very unique shots with an amazing coffee from Costa Rica – the La Rosa Natural. Everyone who stopped by just fell in love with this outstanding coffee with the Mandarine and Tangerine and floral tones and then the long and nice finish. We got a lot of nice compliments on how we roasted it and how wonderful it turned out. Thanks everyone for stopping by and sharing with us this special coffee and special thanks to Silvia Vindas the producer of this great coffee from the Beneficio Ecologico Cerro Alto. And special thanks to all the folks who just stopped by to try our coffee, because they heard it from the word of mouth on the show floor!
Just around two PM we had the next highlight of the day, our talk on Direct Trade Relationships and How it affects the Cup you are serving to your customer. We had a good turnout for the talk and it was nice to see some producers in the audience who really wanted to see how they can work better with roasters and coffee shops and can get a better sense how their coffee is used and appreciated. The Barista Nation team told us that they videotaped the talk and will share it with us on YouTube; so once we know where it is posted, you will have a chance to see it. We will let you know the link!
In the afternoon we got a chance to hit the show floor one last time and it was good that we did. We had been searching for some amazing teas to not only offer you the best coffee but also the best teas in the market, and we found something truly special. We will let you know soon more about it, but if you are looking for a great tea besides your coffee, we will have a nice treat for you very shortly.
And then just a few minutes ago, the winners of this years Coffee Competition were announced and it was a tight race on a superb level. We have been watching the competitors over the last few days and were impressed how they handled their presentations and how well prepared they all were. Here are the winners, in case you have not yet heard it yet:
- United States Barista Champion - Pete Licata, Parisi Artisan Coffee
- United States Brewers Cup Champion - Erin McCarthy, Counter Culture Coffee
- United States Cup Tasters Champion - Erin Wang, Molinos de Honduras
- Roasters Choice Competition - Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia(Equador), Equator Coffees and Teas
And we rounded up this fantastic day, meeting with our long time friend Ricardo Azofeifa, the two times Barista Champion from Costa Rica. It was good to see him and to share the exciting passion about coffee.
And there is one last thing we wanted to share, some amazing hand coffee grinders. We will add some of them into our portfolio, so if you do not want an electric grinder, this might be for you. Let us know if you like them!