The Coffees of the NWRBC Finalistas
Posted on January 30, 2011 by bfortch
Barista competition season has started up in the USA, beginning with the NWRBC in Tacoma, WA. Six finalists, representing mostly Portland and Seattle, are rocking some beautiful in-season coffees. Three single-origin Guatemalas, two single-origin Colombians, and one kick-ass in-season blend.
Tyler Stevens of BaristaPDX is rocking a Guatemala roasted by Barefoot Coffee Roasters. The Michicoy lot from Finca Vista Hermosa in the Huehuetenango region. Producer is Edwin Martinez. The coffee was roasted on Jan 20.
Laila Ghambari is using Guatemala El Injerto Bourbon, roasted by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Seattle. The coffee is a blend of two roast dates – Jan 17 and Jan 24 (12 days and 7 days post-roast). Producer is Arturo Aguirre and Arturo Jr. “Exceptional coffee is due to exceptional people.”
Sarah Dooley is rocking a blend, coffees from Peru, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia which is an in-season version of the Big Truck Espresso. Roaster is Olympia Coffee Roasters. The Costa Rica is honey processed.
Seasoned WRBC and USBC competitor Ryan Wilbur, now repping Stumptown, is using the Colombia La Piramide – comprised of four small lots, roasted on Jan 20 & 21. Red fruit in a cup! Ryan has some of the best jams in the NWRBC.
Sam Purvis, of Coava Coffee Roasters, is rocking a Guatemala Xeucalvitz. Coava has been holding onto the final few pounds of this coffee just for Sam’s competition set. Beautiful citrus and cocoa notes in this coffee.
All six of these bad-ass-istas deserve to be here. Beautiful coffees, great presentations, and poise. Can’t wait to see what they bring to the 2011USBC in Houston.