2nd Annual Focus on the Roast Winners!

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Fun, exciting, spirited contest this year. 115 entrants, with 7 proceeding to the second round roast-off.
Results have been tabulated:

  • 1st place, Austin Tsai, Granada Hills, CA. Austin won a 500g North sample roaster
  • 2nd place, Cody Larson, Northfield, MN. Cody walks with a Tonino Roast Color Meter
  • 3rd place, Austin Amento. Redlands, CA. Baratza will be sending out a Baratza Preciso grinder to Austin
  • 4th place, Paul Trumm, Alexandria, MN. Prima Coffee Equipment generously donated a Paladin ♞ Mobile Cupping Kit which Paul will be receiving.
  • 5th place, Lyle Erickson, Des Moines, IA. Lyle wins the Byrd & Belle shop apron.
  • Honorable mention, Harrison Boyd, Temecula, CA
  • Honorable mention, Alan Folks, Arden, NC

My thoughts as a judge:

  • Excellent submissions
  • Tight competition. We had to go to a head-to-head throwdown between Austin’s and Cody’s to break a tie.
  • Light roasts were the “roast of the day.”
  • An 86.5 coffee is a superb coffee to use for competition. As Joe explained, a good roaster can put 2 points on it and a poor roast can lose about 2 points.

We look forward to next year’s competition. Ideas and suggestions are always welcomed. Send them to Joe@CafeImports.com or dave@millcityroasters.com.

Thanks all for a great contest this year!

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