Several hundred coffee lovers and coffee experts converged on Kansas City, Missouri, over the weekend for the U.S. Coffee Championships.
The baristas who competed were looking to win a trip to the world championships in Boston next month. And a local woman did just that: Kaley Gann with Messenger Coffee won the 2019 Brewer’s Cup category.
Other categories included barista competition, “coffee in good spirits” (aka boozy drinks), cup tasters and roasters.
Each barista had to give a 15-minute TED Talk-like presentation that blended music, information and coffee philosophy all while making drinks for the judges.