Coffee-Making Competition to Take Place at the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, February 24-26, 2006

The Specialty Coffee Association of America presents the 2006 Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition, hosted by murky coffee, brings together baristas (coffee-bartenders) from around the mid-atlantic region to present a 15 minute, 12 drink service to a panel of judges. The top finalist will then represent the region at the 2006 United States Barista Championship in April.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 27, 2006

The Specialty Coffee Association of America presents the 2006 Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition, hosted by murky coffee, February 24-26, 2006 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Held in conjunction with Coffee Fest, a coffee-industry trade show, the Mid Atlantic Regional Barista Competition will bring together baristas (coffee-bartenders) from around the region to present to a panel of judges a 15 minute, 12 drink service that is judged on taste, presentation, and technical evaluation.

The winner of the Mid Atlantic Regional Barista Competition will be automatically seeded in the semi-final round of the 2006 United States Barista Championship, held in conjunction with the 2006 Specialty Coffee Association of America Conference and Exhibition, April 7-10, 2006, in Charlotte, NC. There, a U.S. Champion will be crowned, who will in turn represent the Nation at the 2006 World Barista Championship in Bern, Switzerland, May 19-21, 2006.

Each barista has 15 minutes to prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four signature drinks of their own creation. He or she is evaluated on a 1200 point scale, which is tabulated by a panel of 7 judges: a head judge, who oversees each competition round, four sensory judges, who taste the drinks and evaluate the baristas' presentation, and two technical judges who grade the baristas' technique.

As the specialty-coffee industry continues to grow around the world, the standards of coffee and coffee preparation continue to evolve. The United States Barista Championship and its regional competitions provide opportunities for the country's top baristas to be evaluated by the nation's premier experts in coffee and espresso. Past USBC Champions include Phuong Tran from Lava Java, Ridgefield, WA, Bronwen Serna from Hines Public Market Coffee, Seattle, WA, and Heather Perry, Coffee Klatch, San Dimas, CA.

Official event website: http://www.baristachamp.com

murky coffee (event host) contact:

Nicholas Cho

President and Head Barista, murky coffee

660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Washington, DC 20003

202-546-5228

703-981-8000 DIRECT LINE

1-866-526-1435 FAX

http://www.murkycoffee.com

Specialty Coffee Association of America contact:

Michelle Campbell

Event Manager, World Barista Championship, Ltd.

Director of Community & Events, Specialty Coffee Association of America

330 Golden Shore, Suite 50

Long Beach, CA 90802

DIRECT LINE: (562) 624-4187

TEL: (562) 624-4100

FAX: (562) 624-4104

http://www.scaa.org

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