Coffee Talk: the Grand Rapids Barista Jam recap.
Baristas from the Great Lakes region converged into
The quickest summary would tell that this was an event connecting the seed to cup with a focus on the future. Edwin Martinez of Finca Vista Hermosa,
Other highlights include a dosing dialogue by Chris DeMarse from the Coffee Institute, a brewing discussion led by Jesse Crouse from Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, discourse on latte art tips and tricks Chris Deferio from the Coffee Institute, Scott Lucey from Alterra Coffee spoke his thoughts about the next level competitor and improving as a barista. Edwin also led a discourse on sensory skills and their application to cupping. Before the grand finale throwdown, Talya Strader from Intellgentsia, Colin Whitcomb from Atlerra Coffee, and Ryan Knapp from Madcap sat as a panel and discussed with the group some key topics for career baristas. The event will go down in the books as another in which the host wins the throwdown. Congratulations to Trevor Corlet, the man behind Madcap with his winning pour.