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THE 2015 REGIONAL COFFEE COMPETITION SEASON KICKS OFF THIS OCTOBER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH THE BIG WESTERN

WILBUR CURTIS CO.  AND PORTOLA COFFEE LAB NAMED AS OFFICIAL HOSTS

FOR THE COMPETITION TAKING PLACE OCTOBER 7-10, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. U.S.A. (August 4, 2014) —The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), in conjunction with the Barista Guild of America (BGA) searches for the best, most skilled baristas and coffee professionals from all over the country at its annual U.S. Regional Coffee Competitions, taking place in October and November of this year.

The first U.S. Regional Coffee Competition of the season, The Big Western, will take place October 7–10, 2014 and will be held in conjunction with Barista Camp at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA. The Big Western Event, which combines the North West and South West Regions, will be divided into two competitions throughout the week. The Brewers Cup will take place on Tuesday, October 7and Wednesday, October 8(with winners announced on the 8th) and continue with the Barista Competition on Wednesday, October 8 through the Friday, October 10. The host sponsors are Wilbur Curtis Co. and Portola Coffee Lab.

The Big Western Event is free and open to the public, offering opportunities for attendees to learn more about the world of specialty coffee, including the ability to taste coffee from local roasters.

Who: Seventy eight professional baristas and coffee experts from the Big Western Region

What: The Big Western Event hosted by Wilbur Curtis Co. and Portola Coffee Lab; produced by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and Barista Guild of America

When: October 7 – 10, 2014;Winners for NW & SW Brewers Cup announced on October 8. Winners for NW & SW Barista Competition announced on October 10. Complete event schedule available on the USCC website (www.uscoffeechampionships.org).

Where: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA


Times:
Tuesday, October 7: 12 – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, October 8: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, October 9 – Friday, October 10: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Regions represented:
 North West: WA, OR, AK, ID, MT, WY and South West, HI, CA, NV, AZ, UT, NM, CO

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About SCAA

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a non-profit trade organization and the world recognized leader in coffee knowledge development. With over 12,000 members located in more than 40 countries, including member companies and their employees, SCAA members represent every segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and other industry professionals.  For over 30 years, the SCAA has been dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee consumption, brewing and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members.  Visit www.scaa.org.

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