Verve's Chris Baca takes 2nd place in United States Barista Championship, while Sara Peterson takes 4th.
Baca used the dry-processed Panama Elida Espresso and finished a close second to Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea's Mike Phillips. Sara used a washed Ethiopian Yirga Cheffe we named "Lomi" (which means lemon in Amharic).
This year's competition was deep with all the heavyweights from across the nation and we were proud to share the stage with them.
View all of the scores here.
Read a New York Times article.
Check out coverage of the Finals.
A couple of pics:
Baca in the zone.