Scenes from the U.S. Coffee Championships Prelims at East Pole Coffee Company

Over the weekend of August 17-18, Atlanta’s East Pole Coffee Co. was host to the preliminary competition of the U.S. Coffee Championships.

There were a series of two competitions: the barista prelims and the Brewer’s cup prelims. Atlanta Coffee Shops came out to the 2nd day of competition to capture a few candid photos. Personal favorite photos appear below, with the full gallery embedded at the bottom.

Poster for the U.S. Coffee Championships prelims at East Pole Coffee Co.

Judges hard at work in the Brewer’s Cup competition.

A candid scene at the U.S. Coffee Championships prelims at East Pole Coffee Co.

Lauren of Cherry Coffee Roasters (New Orleans, LA) competes in the Barista prelims.

Chelsea Kallman of  Stay Golden  in Nashville competes in the Barista preliminaries.

Chelsea Kallman of Stay Golden in Nashville competes in the Barista preliminaries.

Chelsea Kallman is all smiles after her performance in the Barista competition. Chelsea would go on to take 1st place in the Barista prelims at this competition.

A few onlookers in the barista competition.

Another round of judging in the Brewers Cup prelims at East Pole Coffee Co.

Taking a break for East Pole’s seasonal drink…

A moment of concentration by Katie at the U.S. Coffee Championships prelims.

Competing in the Brewers Cup.

Almost ready for the judges…

A scene from the Barista competition at the prelims at East Pole Coffee Co.

Congratulations to all of the participants, volunteers, and judges at this U.S. Coffee Championships preliminary competition at East Pole Coffee Co. Congratulations to the six winners of the Barista competition and the four winners in the Brewers Cup competition, listed below.

Barista Competition

  1. Chelsea Kallman, Stay Golden Restaurant & Roastery (Nashville, TN)

  2. Sarah Barnett, Mama Mochas (Auburn, AL)

  3. Whit Hagemann, East Pole Coffee Co. (Atlanta, GA)

  4. Jimmy Truong, Epilogue Roasters (Birmingham, AL)

  5. Morgan Mooney-Honeychurch, Revelator Coffee (Atlanta, GA)

  6. Laura Ostendorff, Due South Coffee Roasters (Greenville, SC)

Brewers Cup Competition

  1. Wade Preston, Prevail Coffee Roasters (Montgomery, AL)

  2. Blake Nail, Seeds Coffee (Birmingham, AL)

  3. Marvin Duncan, East Pole Coffee Co. (Atlanta, GA)

  4. Alyssa Bell, Taproom Coffee (Atlanta, GA)

These ten winners now move on to the U.S. Coffee Championships Qualifying Competitions.⁣ A photo of all ten winners appears on U.S. Coffee Championship’s official Instagram page.


Also worth seeing: recap videos (one, two, three) of the event from Kelly Lacy, also embedded below:

Finally, see the recap post on East Pole Coffee Co.’ Instagram page.

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The full gallery of photos captured by Atlanta Coffee Shops from Day 2 of the U.S. Coffee Championships prelims at East Pole Coffee Co. is below.

Did you attend this event and recognize yourself in any of the photos? Contact ACS to receive a high resolution version of the image(s) below by email.