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JUN-JUL 2018

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TRAINING TIME Every team gets a two-hour stretch for training. This is your chance to learn how to use the equipment, dial-in your drinks, and most importantly, hang out with other killer baristas/ask those pesky com- petition questions. WHAT DO I BRING? In short, nothing but your wonderful faces. The Barista League and its gracious hosts will supply all of the tools, machines, cups, and coffee you'll need to compete—so no need to come up with money for that expensive Geisha competition coffee. Why does it work that way? "We want to make it easy and democratic to ensure that anyone who has an inkling for competing won't be discouraged for reasons we can eliminate, like cost!" says Steve. ROUND 1: BARISTA SKILLS Teams will be given 15 minutes behind an espresso machine, a brand- new Compak PKR grinder, and a mystery coffee in order to produce two espressos and two beverages using Pacifi c Foods Barista Series Soy, Coconut, Almond, Rice, or Oat. This is also why the training time is so important, as that's when competitors can get a feel for the machinery and products being used in the event. The teams will be judged on ser- vice, cleanliness, and of course, the taste and appearance of the drinks. Sensory scores are broken down into balance, fl avor, and texture. Balance is judged solely on the overall balance of the drink, while fl avor and texture are worth as much as fi ve points for the quality and fi ve points for accuracy of the one descriptor you give to the judges. You only get one descriptor, so choose wisely, folks . ROUND 2: SENSORY SKILLS Teams will be presented with fi ve different infusions of fl avors all found on the Specialty Coffee Association's Flavor Wheel—if it's not on the wheel, it's not in the cup! Then, to spice things up, every infusion will be colored a different shade of the rainbow. All teams have to do is correct- ly identify the fl avor of each cup within fi ve minutes. There will be 20 points awarded per correct guess, for a total of 100 points. ROUND 3: MYSTERY ROUND Of course, if you knew exactly what this round was, it wouldn't be a mystery anymore. All we can say is that it will involve a coffee from famed Arkansas roaster Onyx Coffee Lab and the Baratza Virtuoso grinder. Let your imaginations run wild. SCORING The team with the highest point total will win the competition. In the event of a tie, the team with the highest points from round 1 will win.Af- ter all four events, the team with the highest score overall will be named champion of the tour—and start packing for that Ally trip to Colombia. So there you have it, folks. Mark your calendars, tell your friends, take a road trip to one of the four cities! Look for updates and regis- tration information (opens July 10) at See you on tour this summer! ÑAshley Day CLEAN LIKE A CHAMP | 31

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