Tucked in between the snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range in Central Oregon, Bend shines like a coffee beacon to all who dare to brave the pass. 65 degrees and beautiful sunny weather greeted the EP crew as we twisted and turned our way into town.
With the garage door flung open, fire pit blazing, and over 100 people crowded inside, everyone was ready to throwdown at Backporch Coffee Roasters!
Local baristas from Thump Coffee, Lone Pine, Stackhouse, Sisters Coffee and Bad Wolf Bakery & Bistro all gather in support of the community event. Besides the friendly neighborhood competition, baristas travelled from Portland, Burns, and even Illinois to vie for the huge cash of prizes.
-Sweet Swag from Backporch, Lone Pine, Bad Wolf, and Thump.
-Roast Magazine Hat
Copies of: Barista Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Fresh Cup, and Roast Magazine
-EP Scout Book Kits
1 Year Subscription to: Fresh Cup Magazine
-Yama Siphon Brewer
-Baratza Encore Grinder and Shirt
-Sisters Coffee Hoodie
1 Year Subscriptions to:
-Fresh Cup Magazine
-Cash Money from the entry fee
The competition was fierce!
Our amazing judges: Cole Billings formally of Verve, Majell Beach from Backporch, and Scott Witham from Lone Pine!
And for the first time in TNTNW history: An all women top 4!!
In 3rd Place, Iveta Bystrianska from Backporch!
In 2nd Place, Mariah Truax from Backporch!
And drum roll please … 1st Place, Amanda Wurzell from Backporch!
Holy smokes coffee lovers. Your top 3!
Next month we’ll be at The Union Coffee Shop in Bellingham, Washington on March 24th.
Until then, Stay Caffeinated!