In the wake of winning the SCAA Midwest Regional Barista Competition in February, the PT’s competition team hasPete Licata wasted very little time getting ready for the United States Barista Competition (USBC). The team, consisting of PT’s Baristas Pete Licata (2008 Midwest Regional Champ), Robin Seitz (2008 3rd place winner at Midwest), as well as other members Chris Berola and Caitlin Corcoran, took one weekend off before jumping right back into practice for the national event. They, along with their coach, PT’s espresso trainer Holly Bastin, felt it was necessary to give themselves as much practice time as possible in the short 10 weeks between events. Every year the level of competition gets higher and higher and they’ve found you have to give it every ounce of time that one can spare to be a contender. Last year Pete Licata garnered second place in the USBC, and is doing everything he can to maintain and exceed his position last year. Each one of the competitors has shown amazing dedication, giving up 5 months of weekends to give their performances the attention that they deserve.

The SCAA United States Barista Championship will take place May 2-5 and will consist of 3 rounds. The first round is the preliminary which is open to a maximum of 50 baristas. Of those 50, 15 will be selected to advance to the Semi-Final round which has 25 slots (10 of which are held for the 10 Regional winners). From there the field will be narrowed to the top 6 who will vie for the first place spot in the final round. The winner of the USBC will have the honor of representing the United States in the World Barista Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark later in June. We will do our best to give updates during the competition, so check our website regularly to see how everyone is doing.