We held our first Barista Bash at the Koffee Kult roasting facility in Hollywood, Fla. Part contest and part open house with a tour, baristas from as close as Ft. Lauderdale to as far as Tequesta, Fla., participated. We witnessed the barista skills of Eddie Cremonese of Coffee Hub, Maia Nelson, Christian Owen, Emily Brisky, and Amy Duell of Oceana Coffee, and Stefan Banach and Ariel Medina of Bean to Brew.
With a panel of five esteemed judges, Joe Borg of Royal Coffee New York, Paul Ribich of Roaster Dynamics, Peter Hernandez, Commissioner of Hollywood, Fla., Shiv Newaldass, and Robert Murray of OneKreate, only two baristas would claim the top cash prizes.
And the winners are: Stefan Banach of Bean to Brew for best latte art and Amy Duell of Oceana Coffee for best random pick card challenge.
Both contests are generously sponsored in partnership with Koffee Kult by Synesso, Roaster Dynamics, Royal Coffee NY, Loring, and Saint Anthony Industries.
Congratulations to our winners, and a big thanks to all our sponsors, participants, and guests for joining us.