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I’m very fortunate to have a job that involves a lot of travel because I get to meet amazing people from all over. I also get to have a lot of stellar coffee. My most recent travels put me in Kansas City and they have lots of both!
Espresso Parts was a proud Principal Sponsor of Monday’s Barista Nation event at About The Coffee. Barista Nation is a one day intensive Barista camp for Baristas of all skill levels. This was my third BN event and I can tell you all three have been completely different and I’ve learned so much.
The event is split between three focuses: Discovery, Development, and Devices. This format assures that there is something for everyone.
My day started with Oddly Correct’s dreaming of your own thing talk. They presented us with seven ideas to help craft vision & facilitate a culture of excellence: How do you kick ass? Whatchu want? Take a stand for something. Under do the competition/curate. Enjoy your boundaries & forget them. Space making/Once culture. Give the finger to the status quo.
Our good friend Sauro of LF USA kicked down some knowledge about equipment. We went over the important connections between the parts we use in our machines and what machines we use them on. The main focuses being dispersion screens and baskets.
It was a lot to take in so we took a lunch break to recharge on caffeine and delicious food. Thanks to The Filling Station for providing the food and drinks!
Fully recharged we reassembled for the second round of talks. Sarah Allen of Barista Magazine gave us the rundown on connecting with your community. She called on roasters and cafes to come together for the greater good. If we as an industry want to get better we have to do it together. It was very inspiring.
Now it was time for some BOOZE! Jacque Des Marais of Kaldi’s Coffee led an amazing presentation on Coffee Cocktails. It’s not as easy as just throwing some Toddy in with gin. To make a great coffee cocktail you must really understand flavors and how they interact with each other.
Our key-note speaker for the night was none other than World Barista Champion Pete Licata! Pete works at Parisi Artisan Coffee in Kansas City so he didn’t have to travel too far. Pete’s pretty much the most approachable rock star ever. He shared with us his journey from coffee newbie to WBC champ.
To top it all off we had a good ol latte art comp or Cowtown Throwdown as the locals call them. Yours truly was lucky enough to be a judge. I saw so much talent and skill! It was really hard at times to pick a winner because the pours were so good. Did I mention everyone that competed went home with a nifty EP Jolly Roger cappuccino cup?!?! EP also donated a Yama Silverton brewer for the top Barista.
It’s time for the second recipe in our coffee/infused cocktail series. What we have for you is a classic mulled cider. We are pretty big fans of cider at Espresso Parts. In fact two of our team members own Whitewood Cider here in Olympia! This drink pairs well with Filson blankets and your favorite book. Enjoy!
The following recipe is for the 4 cup siphon brewer but you can easily cut the recipe in half for a 2 cup or double it up for the 8 cup.
Hard cider (preferably dry to medium dry).
2oz spirits: Apple spirits are preferred such as based Apple Brandy, Calvados, or Apple Jack to taste/strength, rum and whiskey will also work.
Cinnamon stick 1-2 1” pieces should suffice
2-3 allspice berries
Orange, any variety the more flavorful the better. About 1/4 orange worth of zest or a few good slices of peel removed with a fruit/vegetable peeler and squeeze for juice.
Apple slices (Save some for garnish)
Optional Tbsp of honey or sugar (white or brown)
The above ingredients represent a good basic mulled cider. If you are feeling adventurous you can and should add anything and everything you can imagine such as vanilla, ginger, anise, nutmeg, etc..
What to do:
1.) Pour all the liquid ingredients into the bottom beaker along with a splash (2-3 Tbsp) of orange juice.
2.) Place all the dry ingredients into the top beaker and some orange zest or peel.
3.) With the top beaker firmly placed into the bottom apply heat. Once the liquids reach the top beaker let the mulling commence for 3-4 minutes.
4.) Remove heat source from the bottom beaker and let the liquids filter through.
5.) Serve in your desired cup and enjoy!
Words of wisdom/caution:
Drink responsibly! Always be careful when heating alcohol with open flame. Do not leave unattended. Just as with all siphon brewing and usage the bottom bowl is under pressure when in use, do not leave heat applied for extended periods of time.
I’m back in Washington and it’s nice to be home but I sure do miss Minneapolis. Espresso Parts was happy to be a regional sponsor for this weeks round of barista competitions in the “land of 10,000 lakes.” This was the first regional competition outside of the Northwest that I’ve been able to attend and it was fantastic. Cafe Imports & Wilbur Curtis Co. rolled out the red carpet for everyone.
Team EP arrived at the venue bright and early for day two of competitions. Heather is a head judge so she had to get right to work and I headed straight for the BGA cafe for my first drink of the day. Colin Whitcomb made me a cappuccino that almost made me cry it was so good. Double rainbows across the whole sky.
There were so many people supporting their coworkers, fellow baristas, family, and a good amount of attendees that were simply curious to see what we do. The place was packed! At times throughout the day that I couldn’t even find an empty seat.
I headed to the Brewers Cup area where I saw lots of Kalita, Chemex, and even Yama brewers being used. The Brewers Cup was a lot more fun to watch since they had moved to the open service round. During the open service round the brewers are able to interact with the judges unlike in the first compulsory round. Derek Craig of Anthology Coffee was really fun to watch. He used an Aeropress with a special custom made “dispersion screen”. During his time on stage he touched on how he’s not just passionate about learning about coffee but he’s also passionate about educating people too.
The lineup over at the barista comp was awesome. I was able to see Blueprint Coffee’s very own Mike Marquad compete. I’ve always enjoyed seeing him compete and this year was no different. Mike made a deconstructed coffee cocktail (no booze per the rules) that probably tasted amazing. Coffee cocktails are a trend that I really hope is here to stay. For example earlier this year Bikini Bar in NYC teamed up with Everyman Espresso to make a coffee cocktail menu!
Between the competitions, parties, and dinners there was hardly a chance to relax. As I finally get to do that now I’m flooded with wonderful memories. We toured the Cafe Imports Green coffee warehouse, helped with judges calibration, watched so many talented baristas compete, and we made a whole bunch of new friends. If you need a reminder why this industry is the best head to your next regional competition you won’t be disappointed.
Espresso Parts is proud to have sponsored such a top notch event. We look forward to continuing our support of the barista community.
The first day of competitions has come and gone. The competitions are taking place at a boxing gym which is a perfect setting to battle it out. I split my time between the barista and brewers cup. The barista competition was setup in front of a wall of brick and windows. Super dreamy. The brewers cup took place in a boxing ring. Yeah, pretty darn cool.
The vibe was super chill. Which is easy to say, especially because I’m not actually competing. Spirits were high and it was really amazing watching the competitors. The caliber of talent was through the roof. Everyone brought their A game for sure.
As a regional sponsor Espresso Parts had the pleasure of throwing down some really great prizes for the top competitors of each competition. The baristas have a chance at awesome prizes like an Espresso Parts tamp, the Espresso Quest book, and other fun stuff. Brewers Cup competitors get some sweet Yama brewers and kettles among other things.
Aside from the competition I had a lot of time to connect with competitors and industry folks. If you follow our Instagram you saw that we have a special series called #whydoyoucompete. I asked each competitor what their inspiration was to compete and got some really great responses.
Now I’m sitting at the Cafe Imports party writing this next to a nice fire trying to stay warm. Day one of competitions was extremely impressive and I can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow. See you then!
Espresso Parts is proud to be a regional sponsor of the BGA #BCRBC. Supporting the barista community has always been important for us and we couldn’t be happier to be involved in this years round of competitions. Along with the regional sponsorship we have two team members attending the competitions in Minneapolis; Heather Ringwood will be volunteering this week as a head judge. Panda will be there report from behind the scene of the competition and other event activities.
It’s going to be a great weekend of community, parties, and all around awesomeness! Be sure to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the day for an inside look at what happens at a regional competition!