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OCT-NOV 2017

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27 Opposite page, top: A coff ee farmer looks into the Barista Champ booth where the hugely popular "Cupping with a Farmer" sessions drew overfl ow crowds. Below: The competition area for the Mexican Coff ee Championships boasted huge audiences daily and always brought tremendous energy to the event. This page, le : Ariana Chaparro of San Remo Latin concentrates on cra ing her milk drink for the judges during the fi nal round of the Mexican Barista Championship. She went on to win fi rst place. Right: Edgar Julian Rivera Romano of Polvera Fabrica De Cafés Especiales brought focus and cra smanship to his routine, and won the Mexican Brewers Cup. for the roasters and retailers to have access to better coffees, ultimately, they depend on Mexican farmers producing them. Events like ExpoCafé bring all the links in the chain together. The chance to exchange ideas and meet each other face to face has helped foster relationships that have in turn helped in- crease coffee quality. Nowhere was that more evident than on stage at the Mexican coffee championships. This year's ExpoCafé hosted the 16th Mex- ican Barista Championship, the 5th Mexican Brewers Cup Championship, and the 4th Mex- ican Roasting Championship. The competition stage and event seating fl owed right into the show fl oor, and throughout the three days, the seats were constantly fi lled with enthusiastic supporters and curious show attendees. The Brewers Cup ran concurrently with the barista contest on the main stage at Ex- poCafé, but the roasting championship actu- ally took place the week before due to logis- tics constraints. Salvador "Chava" Benitez, the two-time Mexican barista champion and co-owner of Café Passmar with wife Alelí Labastida—herself a barista champion (and featured in the August + September 2017 issue of Barista Magazine), extended their family's impressive collection of champion- ships by claiming the roaster title. On day three after the final rounds of both Brewers Cup and the barista championship had taken place with some truly exquisite performances, that familiar nervous energy filled the hall as the six Brewers Cup finalists were called to the stage. When Edgar Julian Rivera Romano of Polvera Fabrica De Cafés Especiales heard his name called as the new Mexican Brewers Cup Champion, his great outpour- ing of emotion had the audience on its feet. Once the applause had subsided, the whole nerve-jangling experience began again with the announcement of the country's new barista champ. The six finalists heard their names called one by one until ultimately, Ariana Chaparro of San Remo Latin was announced as the 16th Mexican Barista Champion. She looks forward to represent- ing her country in Amsterdam in June at the 2018 World Barista Championship. —Kenneth R. Olso n ©2017 Pacific Foods of Oregon, Inc. All rights reserved. "Pacific Foods has knocked it out of the park with their Pacific Barista Series TM non-dairy line. I'm proud to use their Almond and Coconut products in our cafes and our customers are happy with the results. It's a great partnership, and I am proud of it." Nathanael May – Director of Coffee, Portland Roasting Barista knows ®

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