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United States Coffee Competition - Kansas City February 2016

Dispatch by Barista and Trainer Matt Foster Two weeks ago was my second time competing in a regional Brewer’s Cup competition, and many things were very much like my first time competing. Familiar things like late nights spent alone and with fellow competitors securitizing every detail of our presentations, running all over town and the internet to find wares, reciting our speeches out loud often enough that our family, friends and pets have it memorized, and enduring caffeine induced sleepless nights counting how many times we’ve counted the coffee beans we see when we close our eyes. Everything else however, was much different. Last time I was able to choose my coffee, brew method and presentation from the start and...

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Tony Auger Wins Big Central Brewers Cup, South Central Region

  This year's Big Central regional coffee competition took place at Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis, MN. The three-day competition included 46 baristas and 32 Brewers Cup competitors. Kaldi's sent a contingent of competitors, employees acting as judges, and support staff to help and root on our team. David Fasman, barista at Kayak's by Kaldi's Coffee, placed 5th in the Barista competition, and Tony Auger, roaster and quality assurance technician, competed in the Brewers Cup and took 1st place for the South Central region.  I had the opportunity to talk with Tony about the competition and his big win. Here's what he had to say:  Chris: Tell us about your competition this past weekend. Tony: It was the Big Central Brewers Cup...

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Saint Louis Sig Bev Challenge - August 4 at Kayaks

On Monday, August 4th at 7pm, Kayaks by Kaldi's Coffee will be hosting the Saint Louis Sig Bev Challenge! Twenty-four baristas from across the state will be competing to craft the best signature coffee beverage. All coffee extraction methods are fair game. These nonalcoholic drinks will be judged on taste, consistency, and creativity. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competitors.The Saint Louis coffee community is going to be heavily represented. We have competitors participating from Kaldi's Saint Louis, Kaldi's Kansas City, Blueprint, Rise, Sump, Wayfarer, Goshen, and Comet. Don't want to compete? Please come anyway! There will be food, drinks, music, and fun for all. Coffee folk from all over the city are invited. Many of the signature...

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