COMPETES FOR U.S. BEST BARISTA
Specialty coffee roaster Kaldi's Coffee, St. Louis,
has sent its best coffee and best barista to Boston
this weekend, for the U.S. Barista Championship.
Kaldi's barista, Jacque DesMarais, competed with
hundreds of other baristas these last two days,
and has made it to the semi-finals today,
(16 finalists from cities around the U.S.)
6 finalists will compete Sunday for the title,
"U.S. Barista Champion 2013."
We were lucky enough to taste the featured coffee
Jacque has chosen -- two rare single-origin grower beans
from Colombia's Monserrate region -- at a cupping
at the Kaldi's roastery in St. Louis. (Yum!)
60 countries will send their "best baristas"as chosen
national champion to Melbourne, Australia,
next month for the ultimate competition:
the 2013 World Barista Championship.
(Jacque's performance Friday was streamed live
so Kaldi's team members could cheer her on.)
Here's hoping Jacque represents the U.S. in Melbourne.
(This humble blogger will be covering the event.)