A massive assortment of coffee talent gathered in the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena this past weekend for the 2015 U.S. Coffee Championships, where some heavy hardware was passed out for the country’s best baristas, brewers, tasters, roasters and latte artists.
Since the U.S. is playing host to the World Barista Championship this April in Seattle in coordination with the SCAA event, this was the first time the first time since 2009 the national competitions were held prior to that event. 2015 Barista Champion Charles Babinski, who twice placed second in the U.S. Championships before his win this year, will represent the United States at the World Barista Championship in Seattle.
Winners in other competitions (Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters and Latte Art) will travel to Gothenburg, Sweden, to represent the U.S. during the world championships at World of Coffee 2015 in June.
Without further ado, here are the amazingly talented coffee people who triumphed in 2015 (all photos by the SCAA, used with permission):