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We’re Going to the Nationals!

Joel Bigelow and Leah Shinkle Compete in the 2016 USBC Western Qualifier Photo Credit: Sprudge

Joel Bigelow and Leah Shinkle Compete in the 2016 USBC Western Qualifier
Photo Credit: Sprudge

Joel Bigelow and Leah Shinkle have spent the last several months training to compete in the Western Qualifier for the 2016 US Barista Championships. After a wonderful week of competition in Kansas City, they have both moved on to the Nationals! We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate both for jobs well done.

Both Leah and Joel competed using coffee from Aida Battle’s Finca Kilimanjaro. In celebration, we are re-releasing our Kilimanjaro Estate Series Box in a Special Edition signed by producer Aida Battle. There are only 20 available.

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