North West Regional Barista Competition: Results

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North West Regional Barista Competition: Results

Postby malachi on Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:39 pm

3 - Kevin
2 - Jon
1 - Billy
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Postby James Hoffmann on Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:43 pm

Congrats guys!

Now lets see the pictures!
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Postby Mike Paras on Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:36 pm

Dave from espressoparts has posted some: http://www.flickr.com/photos/old_timey_dave/
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Postby Ryan Willbur on Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:50 pm

Image It's just an awesome day for both the Lewis Family and The Albina Press...
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Postby Mark Prince on Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:22 pm

Way to go Billy!

Jon, you know what I think of you as a Barista - too bad there couldn't be a tie ;) (btw, I was looking through some old vids I have of you giving a demo at JJ on Powell back in, what, 2002? 2003?).

Kevin - I haven't met, but I bet it was well deserved - Albina's been on the map since near-get go, and one of those great places to always get the best in the cup.

All the other competitors - big congrats; it doesn't matter if you finished first or fifteen, competing and representing quality espresso is an honour you all heartily deserve.

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Postby bz on Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:59 pm

sweeeet.

now please. billy's pearls.
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Postby Kyle Larson on Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:45 pm

Congrats to everyone this weekend.

Billy and Jon both gave two of the most amazing performances I have ever seen in a competition. I actually stopped my prep time early so I could peek over at Billy's cavier while he was performing.

Kevin blew me away with how cool and collected he was for a first time competitor. If he decides to keep doing the competitions I WOULD BE VERY AFFRAID IF I WERE COMPETING IN LONG BEACH OR FUTURE USBC'S.

Anyways, I will say it right here and now: one of these guys from the northwest will be winning the USBC this year. That might be cocky of me to say, but I think that it will be so.

Again, be affraid...be very affraid if you are competing in Long Beach this year.

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Postby Matt Milletto on Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:48 pm

wow. what a weekend. one for the history books. congrats to all that competed and thanks to all involved. so good to see SO many people out!

so tired ... will post a recap soon, also pics to come.

billy ... great work man. kevin, outstanding job ... jon ... awesome as usual ... kyle, class act - beautiful performance, lindsay and maki ... you girls did amazing ...

it was a pleasure to host so many people here in ptown and muh love goes out to my teammates at stumptown, we did it!

just a few shout outs ... stumptown, bellissimo (my dad), andrew b. oliver, the "lovely" brent fortune, Ms. Sarah A., KLAUS, michelle i love you, LIZZ, lonsbury., Alex is the man, s. vickster, adam, duaner, lina, alistair, clover folk, terry z and the crew, stumptown volunteers, all tha zoka, batdorf in the house, rita and rob, jon lewis, d'arte boys, julian at simonelli, phoung, chris d. malachi, bronwen, kyle hill, clara, philip, jen prince, mike zorn at cirqua, to much coffee man, KNRK, ritual peeps, my lovely fiance kylene, matt (albina press), monin, oregon chai, guittard and java jacket, sunshine dairy and all the roasters, russell st. bbq, crema for days of pastries, connie at roast, jane at ES, stumptown downtown employees and all other volunteers, hotlips pizza, terry d for being there in spirit, alden at pixie mate, all the judges, all the competitors, the wonder ballroom guys for being there at 4am on Friday, nicole and chris, volcafe, intelly, puro caff, oral fixation, pacific soy blenders, david griswold, erin too, reg b, imbibe, viva b, cafe imports, the fresh pot crew, the ESI ... kent and the gang, maryann, caffe d'amore, omg the list goes on ...

must sleep ... and prepare to head back tonight for BIKES TO RWANDA!

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Postby Klaus on Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:39 am

Hey.
Just wanted to say I had a great time at the NWRBC. What an amazing experience it's been! The level of the competition (especially in the finals) was simply outstanding! Billy, I keep thinking about the espresso caviar... I cannot wait to see where you'll take that in the future.
Hope to see you all again soon!
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Postby Goatherd on Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:09 am

Congrats to all the competitors! Everyone did great. I have to say, I think my competition highlight was Kyle Larson's sig drink. The simplicity of that was just powerful (shots on caramalized pears). Damn!
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Postby gabelucas on Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:58 am

congrats to all the competitors and congrats to the top three! way to represent the Albina Press fellas, and Jon Lewis, you are one of my heroes.
It was a great regional! Thanks to Stumptown and ABCS!
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Postby terry on Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:14 am

What a Weekend!

Between the NWRBC and the Roast Magazine Roaster Guild Meeting, I drove a total of 10 hours between the two events all weekend! What an amazing time.......

We all learned so much and really enjoyed seeing everyone. Some real Third wave stuff was in effect and the future of our trade could clearly be seen.

Congrats to all the competitors! Your performances were over the top.

Billy, Jon, and Kevin and all the finalist......Thank you, and congratulations!

Duane and the Stumpies, and Matt and the ABC crew, you did an amazing job, and have shown what these events can and should be, with grace and passion. Thanks for ALL your efforts!

To all the volunteers and associated staff and helpers at this weekends events, you folks rock!

Cheers, to all.........
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Postby Mark Fairbairn on Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:58 am

It seems like only yesterday... Oh yeah it was!

Congrats to all and great to meet all you guys, it would be hard to find so may quality people in a single location in almost any other situation, lots of mutual love in the house over the weekend, "fierce competition" as well as "fierce encouragement" amongst all involved, a great experience.

Cheers,
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Cheers,
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Postby Oliver on Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:17 pm

What an amazing weekend. My brain is mush... so many thoughts and inspirations. Congrats to all the competitors, everyone did so well. I'm so proud of our lovely Northwest Region. Thanks to Matt and Duane for hosting, everything went so smooth.
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Postby Phuong on Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:07 pm

Kudos to Billy and Kevin for having stools for the judges. The stand for their serving trays was a brilliant idea also. Many many great moments this past weekend. All the competitors were awesome!

Congrats to all who were involved.

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Postby Matt Milletto on Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:39 pm

Again thanks to all that came down to beautiful sunny Portland this weekend. Phoung thanks for being a co-MC, it was great having you involved! Oliver it was a pleasure.

Here are some pics, more to come: http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeescho ... 342181438/

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Postby bz on Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:19 pm

billy's pearls -- a very fleeting glimpse:
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Postby xristrettox on Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:30 pm

maybe I should make a myspace page like nick did for the Laranga.

The caviars, first of all, are not the bubbles of bubble tea. They are not tapioca.

Sodium Alginate (from seaweed), is used as a thickener for many foods, and can be pared with many liquids to make Ferran Adria's raviolis or in my case caviars. There's some chemistry that takes place between sodium alginate and calcium chloride. Basically a polymer is formed as the sodium exchanges ions with the calcium. Whatever is mixed with the alginate is encased inside a thin skin.

Depending on the ratios used, a very thin skin can be achieved so that it is not perceptible on the pallate, yet bursts when pushed on the upper pallate by your tongue during swallowing. While burst, tongue, and swallowing are not words you wanna hear too often, it works when it comes to the espresso caviars.

Sadly I don't have any pictures of making them myself, and it might be a few days before I will make them again.
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Postby xristrettox on Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:04 pm

sweet. just scored video of Kevin, Kyle, and I's...

sweet. just scored video of Kevin, Kyle and myself's...

uhh... I got video! It was shot from the balcony in the back of the wonder ballroom, so the angle is pretty damn good, as well as the audio. No real need for editing. Thanks Ben King!
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Postby bz on Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:05 pm

bring it.
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Postby )on on Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:17 pm

I feel like I can only add to the praise that's been given for an awesome all around event. Stumptown and the ABCS - it seemed like a pretty flawless production and much of that is thanks to your coordination... which, of course, means that you coordinated the right people to take care of all the details. The sponsorships seemed myriad and the volunteers as efficient as a Stumptown bar rush.

Thanks to everyone far and near who follows this action and congratulates us... it's so encouraging to be able to do what we love to do... and to be rewarded for it in such overwhelming fashion. This kind of encouragement is what will make this thing grow exponentially - grow both wider and deeper.

Billy's drink (not to mention his espresso, his technique, his presence) is the stuff of legends and will steer this thing in a new direction. After the show, I had a real sense that the competitions have finally caught up with the individuals involved - rather than the individuals trying to conform to the confines of the competition.

As for my performance, I'm getting increasingly excited that no video seems to be surfacing... I might have to bust out a finger puppet.
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Postby Matt Riddle on Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:44 am

Looks like a great time! I wish I could have been there to see it.

Congratulations to Billy, Jon and all the competitors...looks and sounds like everyone has their work cut out for them.

Can't wait to be out there in a few weeks. Billy, Kyle, Gabe - We getting together for drinks? The more the merrier.
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Postby Goatherd on Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:54 am

We have video of Jon and Maki's final round. Try to get it up somewhere soon.
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Postby fleck on Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:56 am

thank you to all for the kind words. i'm happy that everyone feels that our hard work paid off. thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer. especially thanks to the stumptown crew, our customers who stepped up, and matt and bruce.

i was in the balcony doing cuppings most of the time, but i can't imagine it could have looked any prettier from up there. such a beautiful space, and probably the best competition i have ever seen.

i second what kyle said about the usbc.


Billy, Kyle, Gabe - We getting together for drinks? The more the merrier.

i'm in.
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Postby Matt Milletto on Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:06 am

Stephen you Rock! Great working with you and the Stumptown crew.

Matt, and anyone who wants to join ... I am thinking that the Horse Brass may be the place. Friday the 10th of Nov., HB for beers/drinks/food. Still need to upload photos from Klauses arrival last Tuesday at the HB.

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