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JUN-JUL 2018

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P U L L : E V E N T S Clockwise from top le : Among the most looked-forward-to parts of the Expo are the evening parties, and there seem to be more every year! Barista Magazine and Pacifi c Barista Series partnered for a party that was a fundraiser for the coff ee community of Puerto Rico, which has been hard at work rebuilding a er the devastation of Hurricane Maria last fall. More than 500 people came to dance, eat, drink, and celebrate Puerto Rico's vibrant coff ee community. The latest and greatest in coff ee-packaging, space, and vessel design were on display in the Specialty Coff ee Association's Design Lab, located along one wall of the trade-show fl oor. Elixr Coff ee won top honors in the packaging category; Kickapoo Coff ee Roasters got fi rst place for its space design; and SOMA won for best vessel design. One of the most beloved United States Barista Champions of all time, Lem Butler—who won the title in 2016—worked the bar at the Pacifi c Barista Series booth, where the company's just-released Oat beverage was awarded fi rst place in the Best Specialty Beverage Flavor Additive category of the Best New Products Awards, Barista Champion of Canada (several times over) and co-owner of Monogram Coff ee in Calgary, Alberta, Ben Put was on-hand at the Rancilio booth during the conference to engage the crowd in The Urnex Challenge, wherein participants had to guess which of two shots was pulled from a dirty portafi lter. Hailing from Klatch Coff ee in Southern California, Jennifer Hwang wowed the judges in the U.S. Brewers Cup and took home the fourth-place trophy. PHOTO BY GUY BROOKSBANK 28 barista magazine

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