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Results: Winter Barista Jam 2011

February 21, 2011

Steve Belt and Walter the Bus

If you missed Saturday night’s Barista Jam, you missed out on a great time on so many levels.  First, the turn out was awesome.  We had the biggest turn out I have seen at a Barista Jam ever.  My sincere thanks to all of the fans and amazing customer’s of Echo Coffee.  Everyone I talked to had a great time, with most people staying all the way to the end of the competition.  As well, Walter the Bus was a HUGE hit.  If you missed the chance to get a picture of yourself standing next to Walter, or hear the awesome sound system, or see the cool laser lights, you owe it to yourself to seek him out in the future, because quite frankly, Walter is cool.

As for the competition, I think we saw the best demonstration of skill I’ve seen yet in the Phoenix area.  We had 12 competitors, and by and large, they were pouring some amazing drinks (with no etchings in sight).   The best in the business were pouring tulips left and right, which had the judges splitting hairs to declare a victor.

The top 4 competitors  poured off in a head-to-head playoff, with Jason Calhoon (formerly of Bookmans) taking home first prize of a custom tamper and knockbox from Espresso Parts.  Adriana from Press Coffee took second prize and walked away with two tickets to the new super luxury iPic Theaters in North Scottsdale.  Third place and a stainless steel Bodum french press went to Alex also from Press Coffee.

Latte Art from Winter Barista Jam 2011

Congratulations and thanks to all of the competitors for sharing their amazing talent with us.  Special thanks to John from Coffee Reserve for donating the iPic Tickets and agreeing to be a judge; Ron from Cortez Coffee for donating coffee, a Starbucks Gift card, and agreeing to be a judge; and most especially Kirk for bringing Walter the Bus, donating the beer, and agreeing to be a judge.

FYI, we plan to hold our summer Barista Jam in August, so if your schedule didn’t allow you to attend this one, we hope you’ll be available then.

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