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America’s Barista Title Hopes Rest In the Hands of One Seattle Woman


This weekend, the best baristas in the world are gathering in Boston — and the only U.S. representative is from the Seattle area (naturally). Sam Spillman, who currently works at Dillanos Coffee Roasters in Sumner and lives in Seattle, earned a spot in the 2019 World Coffee Championships’ barista group after smoking the competition in the U.S. Coffee Championships in Kansas City last month. She’ll go up against more than 65 other baristas from around the globe in Boston starting Thursday, before someone is crowned world champ Sunday. Consider it the Olympics of coffee.

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