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DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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P U L L : E V E N T S PHOTO BY PAIGE HICKS PHOTO BY PAIGE HICKS THE SWEDISH-BORN BARISTA LEAGUE made its United States debut in the summer of 2018 with a four-city tour that drew thousands of coffee professionals for competition, community, and one heck of a party— make that four parties. You can learn all about the humble beginnings of The Barista League (TBL) in the profi le of its founder, Steven Moloney, on page 70 of this issue. In just a few short years, TBL has become internationally famous for bringing coffee people together for its no-stress, inclusive, wildly fun competition format that fi nds teams working through both silly and serious feats of coffee skill. Steven and his TBL squad of Filip Odeholm and Ashley Day arrived in Portland, Ore. in late August to launch the tour at Black Rabbit Service Co., the equipment tech HQ that has become a community-gathering place for the Pacifi c Northwest's coffee contingent. TBL enjoyed an impressive United States debut on August 30 at Black Rabbit before it headed to Kansas City, Mo. (September 1), Greenville, S.C. (September 6), and fi nally Philadelphia (September 8). Clockwise from top left: Ally Coffee's Ricardo Pereira (left) high-fi ves Steve on a job well done in Greenville, S.C., home to Ally Coffee's United States main offi ce. Ally and TBL have partnered on a number of events over the years, and for the TBL U.S.A. Tour, Ally went in big, offering a grand prize to the overall top two-person team of a trip to Colombia along with Steve and a variety of United States and world-level coffee champs. Stacey Ann Lynden of Team No Filter (along with Steve Cuevas) knew what she was doing dialing in the Compak PKR grinder: She and Steve won second-place overall at TBL's Portland competition. Known for his high fi nish in the 2018 United States Barista Championship and as the founder of Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp (see photos from this year's camp on page 36), T. Ben Fischer was a fabulous emcee at the Philadelphia Barista League event. Jason "Double J" Johnson (left) and Alex Lambert, owners of Black Rabbit Service Co. in Portland, graciously hosted the fi rst tour date for TBL U.S.A. Though Steve and his TBL team were tireless in their efforts to put on awesome TBL events in the United States, the tour wouldn't have been the huge success that it was without the support of an enthusiastic army of volunteers in each city. In Greenville, S.C., that included (from left) Jayme Johnson, Erica Warner, and Diana Mnatsakanyan, who made the drive from Charlotte, N.C., to be a part of the event. BARISTA LEAGUE U.S.A. TOUR PORTLAND, ORE.; KANSAS CITY, MO.; GREENVILLE, S.C.; + PHILADELPHIA AUGUST 30–SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BARISTA LEAGUE UNLESS NOTED TEXT BY SARAH ALLEN 26 barista magazine

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