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.


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.

Taproom Coffee & Beer in the Historic Kirkwood Neighborhood of Atlanta

It’s mid-afternoon on the weekend: do you go for a cup of coffee or a craft beer? At Taproom Coffee & Beer in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, the choice is yours: the menu consists of a nice selection of coffee plus seven to ten craft beers on tap (during my visit, I decided to try out one of the draft beers on tap).

Taproom Coffee is a great local spot in Atlanta tightly integrated into the Kirkwood community. The coffee is from a local roaster (and coffee shop) East Pole Coffee Company, many of the draft beers are from local Atlanta/Georgia breweries, and the pastries and other food items are fresh from another Atlanta-based vendor, H&F Bread Co. 

A few photos from Taproom Coffee are below.

The exterior of Taproom Coffee & Beer.

Interior of Taproom Coffee. The coffee for sale is from East Pole Coffee Company, a local Atlanta coffee roaster and coffee shop.

Lights on! The blues add a nice contrast against the golden glow.

Taproom Coffee is proud of its Kirkwood location and community.

A draft beer I ordered.

As of 10/1/2018, the following beers are available on draft at Taproom Coffee:

  • Wrecking Bar Breaking Bob

  • Brewery Ommegang Rosetta Kriek

  • Second Self Triforce

  • Wild Heaven Wise Blood

  • Reformation Cadence

  • Orpheus Sykophantes

  • Gate City Terminus

  • Southern Tier Pumking

  • Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

Artwork inside Taproom Coffee.

At the front counter of Taproom Coffee.

The coffee/tea menu is straightforward.

If beer/coffee/tea is not your style, you could always go for wine…

Coffee for sale from East Pole Coffee Co.

A selection of fresh pastries, cookies, and muffins are available.

If you prefer to have your coffee/beer at the bar, Taproom Coffee does not disappoint.

Interior of Taproom Coffee.

One interesting item of note: Taproom Coffee owner Jonathan Pascual advertises his consulting services to help individuals/businesses in starting a coffee business.

You can follow Taproom Coffee on Instagram, Facebook, or their blog. Also, there are a number of events happening at Taproom Coffee every month. For example, on 10/23/2018, Taproom Coffee held a free Home Coffee Brewing Class. Check the event page for details on upcoming events.

Taproom Coffee
1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Google Maps link
ph: 404-464-5435

Operating hours:
Monday-Thursday: 6:30AM to 10PM
Friday: 6:30AM to 9PM
Saturday: 7:30AM to 9PM
Sunday: 7:30AM to 8PM